Hear from actors and actresses that are joining together to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa.
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Don Cheadle: You see a lot positivity, just in the spirit of the people that we go visit. I was in these camps playing soccer with kids and playing juggling games with these little kids, who had just gone through the most incredibly devastating event that anyone could imagine, and they were laughing and they were joking and they could play and they had joy, and that joy can turn to something else very quickly, if that isn't sort of taken advantage of and mind for all the goodness that it has -- Matt Damon: A kid is dying every 15 seconds, because they don't have access to clean water and sanitation. It's disgusting and it's unnecessary and there are solutions that can be implemented. If we just do it, it's pennies. It's like that old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". What we put in today and the work that we do today, is going to have such far reaching consequences for what the world looks like. Alfre Woodard: I think Americans know that poverty nor AIDS chooses where it goes. So this is in across the board American -- Matt Damon: I think a lot of things. For Americans, a lot of us here, are busy with our own jobs and our own families and our own problems and we go, well, that's such a big problem over there, that people are dealing with over there and I can't even begin to think about, how to tackle that. I think that's a really common feeling and you see these images on television and you just turn them off, because you had your own issues and it feels like this, the kind of intractable problem. And I think that's where the kind of change needs to come for us, because going there and being there. For one thing, the world is getting smaller everyday and these problems are not problems for people over there. These are problems that we all share. It's a very small global community and what we do now, in Africa is going to have a huge impact on the kind of world that we see in 25 years and the kind of world that our children see and the kind of country and the safety of our country even. Alfre Woodard: When you go and you see people, they are laughing they are trying to carry on with their lives. They have cousins, the people that we are talking about are like the children in your kids school. They play soccer, they have uncles, they have dreams they have desires. They are like the person that you work with. They are grand moms, they are everybody. So we need to stand with them. Matt Damon: I am just starting to learn about them and I am excited to learn about them, because the more I learn, the more empowered I feel and the more I feel we really can solve these things and it gets exciting to talk about it and to think about it and if I could say, anything to everyday Americans who won't get a chance to go on this trip, is just to try and spread my optimism about what we can do together. We put a man on the moon in ten years, because we said we would. This is a problem we can solve. George Clooney: It's a tricky thing to make people understand, because we have been raised to believe in a society, that says, if you just pick yourself up by your bootstraps. If you just make a decision to do well, then, you can do well, it's a society that how we are raised. They don't have bootstraps, they don't have anything and so, the truth is they don't need us to give them a helping hand, they need a hand up and a way to feed and educate themselves and our hope is that, we can start to open doors for instance, help them dig well and help them get a plastic sheet and things that can just get into the point where, they can take care of themselves.
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