Everything we do is for the same goal: end the water and sanitation crisis.
WaterAid advocates to governments and other decision-makers to create political will.
Take a look at our current pledge, urging the Presidential candidates to prioritise clean water.
We then work with local governments and residents to ensure that the projects and services benefit those who need it most, the poor and vulnerable members of the community.
But we need your help!
Your participation is key to lasting change for the world’s poorest people.
Download our Advocacy Toolkit for facts and figures to support your arguments.
Use local media to spread the word
Most newspapers accept contributions from their readers, in the form of opinion pieces or letters to the editor. These are a great way to tell your community why safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene matter, and get them engaged.
Many decision-makers, from the state assembly to the US Congress, read local news to see what their constituents care about. And, just to be sure, if you succeed in being published you can always send a clipping to your Representative’s district office!
Your newspaper’s website will have guidelines for how to submit an opinion piece to its editorial department. Opinion pieces are generally no more than 500 words, and should state why you care and persuade others to join you. You can also issue a call to action for your community or your Senator and anyone in between.
If you are a regular reader of national newspapers, you can also submit to these any time. And don’t forget about free city papers, which often contain information about what residents are doing at the local level and can be both widely read and more personal than other publications.
If you succeed in getting published, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can celebrate together!
Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor are much shorter than opinion pieces, around 200 words, and are most likely to be printed if they respond directly to an article that was recently printed in the same newspaper. Again, your newspaper will provide guidelines on how to submit a letter to the editor if the paper is large enough to accept reader contributions. Like an opinion piece, what matters is that people know why you care.
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