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Matt Damon's latest mission _ clean water for all

Posted On : 28/08/2013

It's estimated that around 780 million people across the globe do not have access to clean water due to a lack of sanitation, but Hollywood superstar Matt Damon is on a mission to change that. The star of the Bourne trilogy of films is also the co-founder of Water.org, a non-profit organisation that aims to ensure safe water and the dignity of a toilet for everyone. And he is currently in Indian looking to help more than a million people there get access to safe water and sanitation within the next three-and-half years. Water.org began working in India in 2008 when it started its Water Credit initiative after receiving a $4.1 million grant from PepsiCo Foundation. That money has helped Water.org to offer small loans to people for water and sanitation purposes through its micro finance institution (MFI) partners. The 42-year-old actor first went to India around 10 years ago to shoot part of his second Bourne series movie The Bourne Supremacy. Closer to home we do our bit by supporting charities including St Andrews Hospice, Grimsby; Hull & East Yorkshire Mind; Doorstep, Hull; The Echoes Foundation, Hull; St Leonard's Hospice, York and St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough. And while we don't have the millions of dollars of Water.org and the?PepsiCo Foundation, we pretty certain that our contributions help to make a real difference to people's lives.