05/12/2012 10:50 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mothers Who Will Change the World

Mother's Day is a day to celebrate our mothers. It's for brunches, flowers, and time spent with your beloved mom. But for millions of mothers around the world, it's a day they'll lose to one of the world's most preventable causes of death -- waterborne disease.

Mother's Day is another day where in many countries women will be responsible for finding and fetching water for their families. All the water they need for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning. They'll walk miles, carry heavy burdens, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work will be back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water will be contaminated, even deadly. In these instances, they'll face an impossible choice -- certain death without water or possible death from illness.

Once they are old enough, their daughters will join this effort. They'll spend countless hours trying to provide this basic life necessity. This includes women's struggle to access basic sanitation. The global clean water challenge can be summed up in one word: 'dignity.'

This Mother's Day, transform the life of another Mother when you honor your mom. Visit and honor your mom or another beloved woman who has touched your life. This small action will provide health, hope, and opportunity for millions.

"Your love, support, and commitment to making the world a better place has shaped the person I am and the women my girls will become." Join Matt Damon and honor your mother in the Mother"s Day Campaign.