by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Internet
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matt damon, india, water

Matt Damon is taking his mission to bring fresh water to developing nations to yet another level.

The 38-year-old actor announced that he’s joining forces with with Gary White, WaterPartners executive director and co-founder, to launch a new charity called Water.org. (How much do you think that domain cost?) The new site will will leverage grassroots awareness-building expertise and nearly two decades of demonstrated innovation and success in the sector to help the nearly 890 million people without safe water and the more than 2.5 billion people without safe sanitation.

“Every 15 seconds, a child in the developing world dies from water-related disease. After visiting project sites in Africa and Asia with Gary, I’ve seen the problem and the impact of safe water.” Damon said, “As a clear leader in the sector at delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for those in need, WaterPartners was the natural choice with whom to work to truly affect lasting change.”

For more information — or to help lend a hand — check out Water.org here.

Photo: Matt Damon in India last week visiting water sites with his new philanthropy Water.org

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://twolia.com/blogs/livin-veg/ Livin Veg

    I knew there was a reason I had a crush on matt damon. Water is a huge issue. Looking at the website, he looks like he’s got some great solutions. Kudos.

  • http://theblabberinggoddess.blogspot.com/ Kc Curay

    Matt Damon I salute you! You are one of a kind!

  • http://www.water.org Erin Swanson

    We’ve actually had the URL since 18-Jun-1995 04:00:00 UTC, thanks to the smart thinking of Gary White. Priceless.

    Thanks for the pick up!

    Best,

    Erin Swanson
    Communications Specialist
    Water.org

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