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KATIE COURIC: I've covered stories in Haiti and third-world countries, but I don't think people understand how critical clean water is for our very existence. Can you explain?
MATT DAMON: That's the first hurdle we have to clear in terms of explaining this. Because it's not something Americans are equipped to understand. If we want clean water, we just go to the faucet.
GARY WHITE: Right. We can grasp HIV/AIDS in this country because we know people who are touched by it. We can almost grasp hunger because we have soup kitchens and food drives. But we just don't have that connection with water, because all the safe water you would ever want to drink is virtually free here. So I think there's that disconnect. And it is the issue for developing countries around the world. When you go into villages and talk to people that are in the middle of nowhere, who have nothing, without fail, everybody, particularly the women, say the top three things they want help with is water, water and water. Because nothing else matters until you get that done.
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