She will play

Summer is a time for fun and play. But for millions of kids who don't have access to safe water, the joys of summer and time to play are a world away. 

In each community where we work, we find new inspiration that fuels our passion to empower families with access to safe water. Sometimes that motivation is so kids can play. During an interview with NPR, our co-founder Matt Damon was asked why water, what drove you to be so passionate about this issue? He replied…

“There are a lot of stories. I mean, every trip we go on, we meet people, and there are these incredible stories.

When I was in Haiti I remember having this conversation with this little girl. She was like 13. And my oldest at the time was 13, so this would have been about five years ago. And I asked her - now that she had access to water, because she had been spending hours every day collecting water - I asked, well, what are you going to do with all this free time? Are you going to do homework? And she looked at me disdainfully and said, 'I don't need more time to do homework. I'm the smartest in my class.'

"I'm going to play."

And I said, 'so what are you going to do with all this extra time you have?' She looked me right in the eyes and she said, 'I'm going to play.'

And it just buckled my knees because this idea that this kid hadn't had time to play. She hadn't had time to be a 13-year-old girl. It's one of those other incalculable kind of impacts that this can have when you bring somebody access like that.” 

For 13 year old girls in Haiti, for six year old boys in Bangladesh, for kids of all ages all around the world - you can make an incalculable impact in their lives, you can give them time to play. Donate today and give water and time to play.