Matt Damon has been splashing in the water cause but now he has taken the plunge. Yesterday, Matt announced that his organization, H20 Africa, has teamed up with Gary White’s WaterPartners to create a powerful new non-profit: Water.org.
The new non-profit is focused on bringing access to safe water and sanitation to the developing world. Matt and Gary have been traveling the globe, bringing water to communities. “After visiting project sites in Africa and Asia with Gary, I’ve seen the problem and the impact of safe water," says Matt of his trip. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,500,000 people die every year from water-related diseases.
The smiles on the villagers’ faces reflect the massive benefits that access to clean water brings. Tons of serious diseases come from unsafe water like polio. Malaria is a water-related disease that kills more than one million people each year, 90% in sub-Saharan Africa. These diseases are preventable if only people had access to clean safe drinking water and sanitation.
So what are you waiting for? Help Matt get the word out and help people in developing countries. Raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals and lobby members of Congress to support the Global Child Survival Act.