About the Book"When Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon visited rural Zambia in 2006, the last thing he expected was to become a life-long champion for the battle to end the global water and sanitation crisis. He quickly realized that to make a real impact, he'd need additional expertise. Enter civil and environmental engineer Gary White ... A chance encounter would set these two unlikely allies on a decades-long mission to bring safe water and sanitation to the world. Through first-hand accounts of setbacks and triumphs in projects spanning across the world, [this book] illuminates the challenges of building and scaling market-based financial solutions to the global water crisis--and ultimately, [empowers] communities and individuals to make long-lasting investments in their own well-being"--
Book SynopsisFrom the founders of nonprofits Water.org & WaterEquity Gary White and Matt Damon, the incredible true story of two unlikely allies on a mission to end the global water crisis for good On any given morning, you might wake up and shower with water, make your coffee with water, flush your toilet with water--and think nothing of it. But around the world, more than three-quarters of a billion people can't do any of that--because they have no clean water source near their homes. And 1.7 billion don't have access to a toilet. This crisis affects a third of the people on the planet. It keeps kids out of school and women out of work. It traps people in extreme poverty. It spreads disease. It's also solvable. That conviction is what brought together movie actor Matt Damon and water expert and engineer Gary White. They spent years getting the answer wrong, then halfway right, then almost right. Over time, they and their organization, Water.org, have found an approach that works. Working with partners across East Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, they've helped over 40 million people access water and/or sanitation. In The Worth of Water, Gary and Matt take us along on the journey--telling stories as they uncover insights, try out new ideas, and travel between the communities they serve and the halls of power where decisions get made. With humor and humility, they illuminate the challenges of launching a brand-new model with extremely high stakes: better health and greater prosperity for people allover the world. The Worth of Water invites us to become a part of this effort--to match hope with resources, to empower families and communities, and to end the global water crisis for good. All the authors' proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Water.org.
About the AuthorGary White is the cofounder and CEO of Water.org and WaterEquity. In 1991 he launched Water Partners, now the international NGO known as Water.org. Today he leads two organizations in creating and executing market-driven solutions to the global water crisis, driving innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed. Matt Damon is the cofounder of Water.org and WaterEquity, as well as an actor, a producer, and a screenwriter. In 2006 he founded H20 Africa Foundation to raise awareness about water initiatives on the continent. Matt's active participation in the work of Water.org and WaterEquity has positioned him as one of the world's experts on water and sanitation issues.