The Monuments Men star Matt Damon is a critically-acclaimed actor, but he wants his daughters – Alexia, 15, Isabella, 7, Gia, 5, and Stella, 3 – to be most proud of his humanitarian work.
Passionate about providing clean water to those in need, Damon, a co-founder of Water.org, says, “I have four girls of my own, and I want them to be proud of the impact I’m making in the world,” Damon told PEOPLE.
The Behind the Candelabra star, 43, started the organization after seeing the poverty he encountered during his travels a decade ago.
“I just can’t think of a cause that has a larger impact than access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation – especially for women and girls,” he said. “I’m looking forward to sharing the work with my family. I think it’s a really valuable opportunity to learn and curate your own passions for giving back at an early age.”
The Academy Award-winner went on to describe a life-changing experience in Zambia.
“When I was in Zambia in the early 2000s, I was learning about some of the challenges of development and went on a water collection with a young girl in a village I was visiting,” said the actor.
He added: “When I asked her about her hopes and plans, she said she was going to go and live in the big city and become a nurse … I realized that if someone had not possessed the foresight to sink a bore well near where she lived, she wouldn’t have been able to go to school and she would have spent her whole life scavenging for water.”