by Michael dEstries
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The Clinton Global Initiative is always an annual highlight for witnessing pledges of money to help disadvantaged people and support projects for change.  Yesterday, at the launch of the fifth annual three-day meeting, Matt Damon took to the podium to announce that his charity Water.org will commit $2 million to provide 50,000 people in Haiti with safe water and sanitation over the next three years. Additionally, Water.org has also launched a social media campaign so that anyone can participate in meeting the water challenge in Haiti.

“The situation in Haiti is extreme – it’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and nearly half of its people don’t have access to clean water,” said Water.org Co-Founder Gary White. “Expanding Water.org’s programming to Haiti will help people break the cycle of disease and poverty.”

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The social media campaign Water.org is leveraging is pretty slick — integrating with Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word and raise cash. It also features a “points” system that rewards you anytime you invite a friend to the cause or make a donation; beyond that, we’re not sure what those points might be good for except peace of mind.

Check out a video of Damon making the announcement after the jump.

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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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    INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETION BRINGS ATTENTION TO GLOBAL WATER ISSUE
    Statement Arts Launches ?A Single Drop of Water?

    ?A Single Drop of Water? is an environmental awareness project that will use the arts, specifically photography, to document the journey of water. An international photography competition is now open to raise awareness about the importance, scarcity, and pollution of water. The project will provide photographers of all skill levels with a platform for sharing their images and stories about water. The competition is being produced by the New York based nonprofit organization Statement Arts.

    $3500 worth of cash and prizes will be awarded to the winning photographers in five categories. Photos will be judged by award-winning photographers Paul Elledge, Leasha Overturf, and writer Christian Viveros-Faune. Winning photographs will be exhibited in New York City in Spring 2011. These photographs will further be used in Statement Arts education materials to teach young students about the importance of water and to inspire them to produce their own artistic work.

    The competition is open to both professional and amateur photographers. The cost to enter a single photo is $25. Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2010. Visit http://www.asingledropofwater.org for more information.

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    About Statement Arts: Statement Arts began in 2003 as a volunteer run performing arts enrichment program at a public high school in NYC?s Hell?s Kitchen. Since then over 300 low- income teens, ages 14 -18, have benefited from the program and been honored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and have participated in the Sundance Film Festival. Statement Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the creative visual & performing arts to under-served and/or low-income individuals. Its goal is to channel creativity to educate, enhance intellectual performance, to empower and guide, and to build self-esteem. Statement Arts is committed to giving students an intercultural and interdisciplinary arts experience to which they do not have access. Statement Arts believes in the power of art to inspire social, cultural, and environmental education to further a legacy of responsible global citizenship. http://www.statementarts.org