News, Press & Perspectives

Find the latest news and press releases about our work in the water and sanitation sector below. 

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Grief, anger and equality

June 5, 2020

The past two weeks have brought deep sadness and grief, justified anger and demands that we in the United States, and around the globe, do better in building an equitable, just world. Read more from Jennifer Schorsch, President and Gary White, CEO and Co-founder.

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TIME 100 Talks — "Water is PPE."
Time 100 Talks - 'Water Is PPE.'

May 21, 2020

Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White explain why clean water is crucial to fighting coronavirus.

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Access to Water is Critical to Curb Disease Spread Today and Build Resiliency for the Future

May 14, 2020

Water.org and WaterEquity sign safe water and sanitation for all Leaders Call to Action on COVID-19.

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Web Summit 2019 - Collaborating to end the water crisis

Nov. 4, 2019

Gary White joins Jaden Smith, founder of JUST water, and Paul O'Callaghan, founder of BlueTech Research, at Web Summit 2019 to share how Water.org provides innovative financial solutions to end the global water crisis.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts - Water.Org’s Gary White and Matt Damon: Bringing Water to Those in Need

March 13, 2019

Interview with Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon on how Water.org is bringing safe water and sanitation to the developing world.

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Water.org Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White in India
Brunswick - Matt Damon and Gary White Turn On a Life-Saving Faucet

June 4, 2019

We believe the way to bring clean water and sanitation to the poor of the world at scale isn’t by drilling wells or installing toilets. Nor is it through charity alone. The solution is market-based financing.

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Lifestyles Magazine - Water relief from a star

Jan. 6, 2020

As Co-founder of Water.org, Matt Damon's focus includes philanthropy as well as film.

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The water crisis is a women's crisis

Jan. 2, 2020

Access to water and sanitation is a global crisis. It’s also a women’s crisis. The burden of collecting water disproportionately falls to women and girls. To solve the water crisis, we must unlock new sources of capital through innovative financing. Doing so will unleash the power and potential of girls and women globally.

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Global Citizen - Billions of People Won't Have Access to Water or a Toilet This Holiday Season

Dec. 20, 2019

It’s the holiday season. Conversations about who will host which gathering are in full swing. Imagine if some of the considerations were whether the host family has access to running water, or if they could offer guests a toilet.

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The Hill - Water.org is finding solutions to a dire problem

Nov. 28, 2019

“Looking ahead, access to water will be one of the most critical challenges of our time,” says co-founder Matt Damon. “The good news is that there are solutions that work.”

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Water documentary featuring Matt Damon and Gary White premieres in Los Angeles

Nov. 27, 2019

Featuring Matt Damon, Gary White, Jaden Smith and other pioneers in the water sector, the Brave Blue World documentary paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water.

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CSIS - Channeling Financial Flows for Urban Water and Sanitation

Nov. 27, 2019

From the Center for Strategic & International Studies, "Increasing the amount of financing available to citizens in low- and middle-income countries will allow them to take out loans in order to purchase toilets and water purification systems for their homes. One of the leaders in providing these microfinance solutions is Water.org."

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Danone-AQUA and Water.org Push for Increased Access to Water

Nov. 21, 2019

Since 2016, this collaboration has supported 3 financial institutions in Central Java and East Java, Indonesia to distribute water and sanitation loans in 33 villages.

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Water.org partners with The BBVA Microfinance Foundation to provide access to safe water in Peru

Nov. 18, 2019

BBVA Microfinance Foundation and Water.org are working to bring access to safe water and sanitation to rural and peri-urban homes in Peru.

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Seeing the people we empower through a different lens

Nov. 8, 2019

Traveling around the world reveals we are more alike than different, however one thing stands out. Many people we meet lack access to safe water and sanitation. Read more from Benjamin Heath, a photographer who has supported our work for more than five years.

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Raconteur - Millions without water could pay for taps and toilets with affordable financing

Nov. 6, 2019

We believe that hundreds of millions of people who lack basic water services could pay for their own tap and toilet solutions if they simply had access to affordable financing.

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Web Summit 2019 - Collaborating to end the water crisis

Nov. 4, 2019

Gary White joins Jaden Smith, founder of JUST water, and Paul O'Callaghan, founder of BlueTech Research, at Web Summit 2019 to share how Water.org provides innovative financial solutions to end the global water crisis.

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SOCAP19 - Jennifer Schorsch on Building and Scaling an Impact Organization

Oct. 29, 2019

Water.org President Jennifer Schorsch shares her experience and what it takes to build and scale an organization that makes a big impact. Be clear on your purpose, aggressively innovate, fail forward and more.

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