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Water Advocates Calls for More Drinking Water and Sanitation Projects

WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of World Water Day (March 22), Water Advocates calls for the implementation of more safe drinking water and sanitation projects in developing countries. While recognizing the important work that has been done, to meet the global challenge there remains an acute need to ratchet-up actions by governments, corporations, foundations, the media, as well as the civic and faith-based community.

"Each day 4,500 children die around the world due to mostly preventable water and sanitation- related diseases," said David Douglas, President of Water Advocates. "That's about 135,000 lives per month -- a small city's worth of children -- an ongoing disaster by anyone's standards."

The good news is something can be done. Organizations exist that have experience implementing sustainable water and sanitation projects. They have been quietly working for years on this issue -- under the radar -- saving and improving the lives of the world's poorest citizens.

"We don't have to wait for a cure, what is needed is more financial support, public awareness, and political will," continued David Douglas. "We encourage U.S. citizens to support sustainable drinking water and sanitation projects through their own religious or civic organizations, or through nonprofit organizations working to implement effective projects in this field."

This World Water Day, Water Advocates is circulating a list (also available on their website) of 42 U.S. organizations helping to implement safe drinking water and sanitation projects in developing countries. We encourage the media to publish this list -- in the same way it publishes similar lists during a natural disaster -- to allow the U.S. public to involve itself in addressing this silent, ongoing disaster.

Action Against Hunger

247 West 37th Street, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

Phone: +1 (212) 967-7800 | Toll free: +1 (877) 777-1420

African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)

4 West 43rd Street,

New York, NY 10036

Phone: +212-768-2440


440 R Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 462-3614

Agua Para La Vida

2311 Webster Street

Berkeley, CA 94705



151 Ellis St., NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 1-800-521-CARE

Catholic Relief Services

228 W. Lexington St.

Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3413

Phone: 888-277-7575

charity: water

150 Varick St. 5th floor

New York, NY 10013


Church World Service

P.O. Box 968

Elkhart, IN 46515

Phone: 800-297-1516

El Porvenir

4214 Van Horn Lane

Bellingham, WA, 98226

Phone: 239-292-2419

Emmanuel International Mission

P.O. Box 4050,

3967 Stouffville Road

Stouffville, ON, L4A 8B6

Phone: 905-640-2111

Engineering Ministries International

130 East Kiowa, Suite 200

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone: 719-633-2078

Engineers Without Borders

1811 Lefthand Circle, Suite A-1

Longmont, CO 80501

Phone: 303-772-2723

Episcopal Relief and Development

815 Second Ave

New York City, NY 10017

Phone: (800) 334-7626 ext. 5129

Global Water

Project Management Office

3600 S. Harbor Blvd., # 514

Oxnard, CA 93035 USA

Phone: (805) 985-3057

Global Water Challenge

1001 Connecticut Ave N.W., Suite 925

Washington, D.C. 20036

Phone: 202-457-0960

Healing Waters International

534 Commons Drive

Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 303-526-7278

Helen Keller International

352 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10010

Phone: 212-532-0544


430 Shore Rd., #6D

Long Beach, NY 11561

Phone: (516) 431-6602

International Health Organization

60 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway, Suite 105

Boston, MA 02135

Phone: 617-254-5077

Islamic Relief USA

P.O. Box 5640

Buena Park, CA 90622

Phone: (714) 676-1300


PO Box 3131

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Phone: 888-LIFE-H2O (888-543-3426) or 805-541-6634

Living Water International

P.O. Box 35496

Houston, TX 77235

Phone: 281-207-7800

Living Waters for the World

318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 205

Franklin, TN 37067

Phone: 615-261-4008

Lutheran World Relief

700 Light Street

Baltimore, MD 21230 USA

Phone: 410-230-2800

Millennium Water Alliance

1980 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 800

Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713.625.8527

New Forests Project Clean Water Initiative

1025 Vermont Avenue

Washington, DC 20007


Oxfam America

226 Causeway St., 5th Floor

Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 800-77-OXFAM (800-776-9326) or 617-482-1211

Population Services International

1120 19th Street, NW

Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036

Phone (202) 785-0072

Rotary International

1560 Sherman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201, USA

Phone: 847-866-3000

Rotary-Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group

c/o Horizon Bank 811 Ship Street

St. Joseph, MI 49085, USA

Safe Water International

5184 Cambridge Lane

Carpinteria, California 93013 USA

Phone: (805) 705-7743

Save the Children

54 Wilton Road

Westport, CT 06880

(203) 221-4030 or (800) 728-3843

Seton Institute

1800 Sullivan Avenue, Suite 506

Daly City, CA 94015

Phone: (650) 757-2655

Sister Cities International

1301 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Suite 850

Washington, DC 20004

Phone: 202.347.8630

U.S. Fund for UNICEF

125 Maiden Lane

New York, NY 10038

Phone: 1-800-4UNICEF

Water 1st International

PO Box 17974

Seattle, WA 98127

Phone: (206) 297-3024

Water For People

6666 W. Quincy Avenue

Denver, CO 80235 U.S.A.

Phone: 303.734.3490

Water Missions International

P.O. Box 31258

Charleston, South Carolina 29417

Phone: 843.769.7395

WaterAid America

232 Madison Avenue

Suite 1202

New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212) 683 - 0430


302 East Coronado Road

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: (505) 988-5642

WaterPartners International

2405 Grand Blvd.

Ste. 860, Box 12

Kansas City, MO 64108 USA

Phone: (913) 312-8600

World Vision

P.O. Box 9716

Federal Way, WA 98063-9716

Phone: 1-888-511-6548

Note: Although Water Advocates attempts to ensure the accuracy of this information, the final judgment regarding the integrity of an organization lies with the donors themselves.

Water Advocates is the first US-based nonprofit organization dedicated solely to increasing American support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation. Our purpose is advocacy, not implementation of projects. Water Advocates works with all sectors of American society to increase public and private-citizen funding for effective water, sanitation and hygiene projects and initiatives internationally, particularly those characterized by strong community involvement. Water Advocates does not seek funding for itself from the general public. For more information on Water Advocates, please go to

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