About Students Rebuild

We inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues.

Created in January 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake, Students Rebuild has mobilized thousands of young people in 83 countries and all 50 United States and raised more than $3 million in matching funds for various causes around the world. 

Through our annual Challenges, we tackle some of the world's most difficult problems, issues that one cannot affect alone. We believe every young person should have an opportunity to help others. We believe in coming together in order to make a collective impact. 

Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Our Challenges inspire young people to create a simple, symbolic object which the Foundation matches with funding.​ 

Click here for a downloadable fact sheet about Students Rebuild. 

Read more about each Challenge partner on our Partners page.

Check out all of our past Challenges here or below:


Over 115,000 students in 28 countries made 250,000+ hands for the Youth Uplift Challenge! For every hand you made and sent in, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves. Download our 2017 Student Impact ReportLearn more.



Healing Classrooms Challenge: Teams from around the world made over 200,000 paper pinwheels! The Bezos Family Foundation matched each pinwheel with $2 for a donation of $400,000 in support of the International Rescue Committee's Healing Classrooms programs in Syria. Learn more.



Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge: Students Rebuild joined forces with Save the Children to support children affected by the April 25, 2015 Nepal earthquake. The Bezos Family Foundation matched every non-perishable flower garland you mailed in with $2, and ultimately donated $200,000 to Save the Children for temporary schools and safe places to play, back-to-school kits and more. Learn more.



Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge: Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world. For each bookmark we received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1—up to $300,000—to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Learn more.



Students Rebuild Water Challenge: In partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, Students Rebuild is bringing clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. For every 20 handmade beads made by students, one person is receiving access to clean water thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.



Typhoon Haiyan ChallengeStudents Rebuild partnered with Save the Children to support Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Students around the world wrote thousands of letters that were matched with funds by the Bezos Family Foundation. Save the Children used these funds to provide students with temporary learning spaces, educational materials and more. Learn more.



One Million Bones ChallengeStudents Rebuild joined the One Million Bones project, CARE and Global Nomads Group to create 1,000,000 handmade bones as a visible petition against humanitarian crises. The Bezos Family Foundation matched student efforts with a donation of $500,000 to CARE’s work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.) Learn more.



Students Rebuild AwardsIn 2013, the Students Rebuild Awards partnered with Half the Sky Movement to honor five young women fighting bravely to improve life conditions for their peers and to end the oppression of females in their communities and countries. Learn more.



Paper Cranes for Japan ChallengeIn 2011, Students Rebuild partnered with DoSomething.org and Architecture for Humanity to give students a way to support their Japanese peers affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sendai. We asked students to make paper cranes and mail them to have their efforts matched by the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.



Haiti Schools ChallengeIn the first-ever Students Rebuild Challenge, students raised funds to benefit those affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Students Rebuild partnered with Architecture for Humanity and Global Nomads Group so students and educators could raise much-needed funding for school reconstruction. Learn more.


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