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Not the Oregon Trail

Check out this post from Erin Swanson of Water.org:
Remember playing the Oregon Trail game growing up? You chose your companions, forded rivers with your oxen, went hunting, and occasionally had a brief funeral for someone on your team lost to measles, a snakebite, dysentery, typhoid, cholera, and diarrhea.

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World Toilet Day Returns!

You may recall that last year, right around this time, we commemorated World Toilet Day. Time has flown, and November 19th (Thursday) marks the next annual World Toilet Day.

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Tidal Wave

John Sauer, the Communications Director for partner organization Water Advocates, has a column in today’s Huffington Post studying all of the attention and traction clean water efforts have been getting recently (including the Dow Live Earth Run for Water which we’ve covered here on the ONE Blog).

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ONE Welcomes Senator Kirk (D-MA), Water Cosponsor

Senator Edward Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,” was a stalwart champion for ending extreme poverty in the poorest parts of the world. He lent his powerful voice for human rights, for an end to child poverty, and for freedom. From Bangladesh to South Africa to Ireland, Sen.

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Big news from CGI

Gary White and Matt Damon of water.org just a new commitment to extend their great work around water and sanitation to Haiti.
Haiti which has suffered several hurricanes recently has had particular trouble bringing clean water to rural communities. Water.org will commit to helping bring water to a minimum of 50,000 people by investing at least 2 million dollars in work with local NGO’s.
We’ll have more on this and President Obama who will be addressing the meeting shortly.
-Chris Scott

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Water in Motion

Thanks in part to the efforts of more than 107,000 ONE members, we’ve hit our target of 20 cosponsors for the Durbin-Corker Water for the World Act — which would provide 100,000,000 people with first-time access to safe drinking water and sanitation on a sustainable basis by 2015.
Our thanks to Senators Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein, who signed on to cosponsor the bill last week. Here’s the full list of cosponsors:

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