Photo essay: Matt Damon and Gary White of Water.org in Ethiopia

Photo essay: Matt Damon and Gary White of Water.org in Ethiopia

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In case you haven’t heard, Matt Damon is curating our ONE Girls and Women website throughout the entire month of June. It’s kind of a big deal. Not just because he’s an extremely talented and world famous Academy Award-winning actor, but because he is the co-founder of Water.org, a non-profit organization that is working to provide safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all.

Matt Damon and Gary White founded Water.org in 2009 with the mission of working within the water sector to create to new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and enhanced partnerships for long-term sustainable change. Since its founding, Water.org has provided access to safe water and sanitation to hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America—saving lives and transforming communities.

To see the impact clean water and improved sanitation can have on communities, check out these gorgeous photos from Water.org, taken in Ethiopia between 2009 and 2013. All photos and captions are courtesy of Water.org.

Giday Milut is the woman with traditional pot at the well and carrying pot on her back. July 6, 2009

Giday Milut is the woman with traditional pot at the well and carrying pot on her back. July 6, 2009.

 

Some of the water committee members of the village. June 24, 2013

Some of the water committee members of the Ethiopian village. June 24, 2013.

 

Collecting from community well. November 16, 2011

Collecting from community well. November 16, 2011.

 

Gebriemeskel, carrying water, before project took 3 hours to water point, now only 15 mins. July 6, 2009.

Gebriemeskel carrying water. Before the project, it took 3 hours to get to the water point, now only 15 minutes!. July 6, 2009.

 

Kids drinking safe water. June 13, 2009.

Kids drinking safe water. June 13, 2009.

 

Assembling a hand pump. June 12, 2009.

Assembling a hand pump. June 12, 2009.

 

Girl gets a drink at a new water project in Mai ba, Ethiopia. April 22, 2009

Girl gets a drink at a new water project in Mai ba, Ethiopia. April 22, 2009.

 

School children collecting water. Nov 15, 2011.

School children collecting water. Nov 15, 2011.

 

Woman collecting water from the new hand pump. July 9, 2009.

Woman collecting water from a new hand pump. July 9, 2009.

For more of Matt Damon’s curation picks visit our Girls and Women page.

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