Matt Damon Launches Water.Org (PHOTO)

08/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Actor Matt Damon, H20 Africa co-founder, and Gary White, WaterPartners executive director and co-founder, have created water.org, a non-profit organization that provides the developing world with access to safe water and sanitation. Its mission is to assist the 2.5 billion people that lack clean sanitation and 890 million people without safe water worldwide. Water.org currently has projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Matt Damon, a devoted environmental advocate who also co-founded Not On Our Watch, a humanitarian assistance charity, notes his impetus for starting water.org,

"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."

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