News, Press & Perspectives

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

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CNN - Access to clean, safe water is essential in the fight against climate change

Nov. 1, 2021

Via CNN - Why addressing the water crisis is critical in fighting the climate crisis - an interview with Water.org Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon

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Discovery Plus - Matt Damon on Global Water and Climate Crisis

June 28, 2021

Watch this segment of Action Planet, now streaming on discovery+: Matt Damon talks about access to safe water and how water is linked to the global climate crisis.

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The Washington Post - Climate Solutions: Preserving our water systems

March 23, 2021

Water.org co-founder Gary White shares universal access to water is “absolutely” possible in our lifetime. “If we think of this as a problem that we can tap the markets for, that's what is inherently scalable."

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Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall donates $4.7M to Water.org

Feb. 25, 2021

Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square CEO, donated $4,720,000 to Water.org to change lives with safe water and sanitation as part of his #StartSmall initiative to fund COVID-19 relief.

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CNN Heroes 2020

Dec. 13, 2020

Water.org is featured on "CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute," highlighting eight organizations that are changing lives and making the world a better place.

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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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Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall donates $4.7M to Water.org

Feb. 25, 2021

Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square CEO, donated $4,720,000 to Water.org to change lives with safe water and sanitation as part of his #StartSmall initiative to fund COVID-19 relief.

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CNN-News18 - The Need For Access To Safe Water & Sanitation

Jan. 26, 2021

Vedika Bhandarkar, Chief Global Impact Officer, speaks on the need for access to safe water and sanitation and shares a story of a woman empowered with safe water in India.

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Women 2.0 - Women and the water crisis: why tackling two challenges will be a force multiplier for change

Jan. 21, 2021

The world faces two grave challenges: the global water and sanitation crisis, and gender inequality – These global crises are inextricably linked, but fortunately, so are their solutions.

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Goals House January Dialogues

Jan. 19, 2021

"Fireside on COVID-19 and climate justice in the context of water and the coming year" A discussion with Gary White, CEO & Co-founder Water.org and WaterEquity and Vedika Bhandarkar, Chief Global Impact Officer, Water.org.

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Decreasing costs, increasing impact

Jan. 7, 2021

Several years ago, it cost $25 to reach one person with access to safe water or sanitation. Then $12.50. Now your donation of $5 will empower someone in need with lasting access to safe water or sanitation and the hope, health, and opportunity they bring. Read how and why, from Melanie Mendrys, Director of Brand & Marketing.

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Smart Water Magazine - COVID-19 is building bridges within the water sector and across other sectors

Dec. 22, 2020

Water.org's Sector Strategy Manager, Lesley Pories, shares how investing in water supply and sanitation bolsters healthy people, stable economies and resilient ecosystems.

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CNN Heroes 2020

Dec. 13, 2020

Water.org is featured on "CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute," highlighting eight organizations that are changing lives and making the world a better place.

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Global Heroes - Breaking the Poverty Cycle

Dec. 1, 2020

Water.org co-founder Matt Damon talks about the power of water to change lives.

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SIWI Water Day - Vision of a zero-carbon, resilient future through water

Nov. 12, 2020

“The scale of the climate crisis is staggering, but you can’t let that be an excuse for not acting.” Water.org co-founder, Matt Damon, and Chief Global Impact Officer, Vedika Bhandarkar, each shared a message in the opening remarks of Water Day on November 12th, presented by SIWI.

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Milken Institute - To Solve the Water Crisis, We Must Rethink the Way We Invest

Nov. 11, 2020

Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon share how WaterEquity has continued to expand and scale during COVID-19, empowering people with access to safe water and sanitation, while also providing attractive returns to investors.

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Lending for Water and Sanitation During COVID-19

Nov. 5, 2020

"We expect the increased awareness of how a lack of access to water and sanitation can not only be inconvenient, but life-threatening, to increase client demand for [water and sanitation] improvements." - Jessica Jacobson - Water.org's Senior Manager, Financial Institutions

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Hang out with Water.org co-founder, Matt Damon

Oct. 29, 2020

Want to have lunch with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck? Omaze is offering this opportunity to help support Water.org. You and a guest will be flown out to LA when it's safe to travel for an unforgettable meal with these two actors and friends. Enter to win by January 28, 2021.

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