Matt Damon: 'This Week with Christiane Amanpour' Visit
Matt shared an anecdote about meeting a young woman in Zambia who inspired him to kickstart the project – the girl told him that instead of living in the village where she grew up, she wanted to go to a nearby big city and become a nurse.
“I remembered that feeling of Ben Affleck and I saying we’re going to go to the big city, we’re going to New York, and we’re going to be actors. And we were that age, and I remembered how wonderful that was, when the world felt like – there’s this world of possibility laid out in front of you,” Matt said.
“As I drove away, I realized, it just hit me that had someone not had the foresight to sink a bore well a mile from where she lived, she wouldn’t be in school, because her entire life would revolve around scavenging for water. And she wouldn’t have any hope, she wouldn’t have any dreams. She’d be stuck in this kind of death spiral of poverty,” he added.
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