World Water Day 2015 & Water Challenge Update

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Posted by Sabrina Urquhart on
Fri, 03/20/2015

Sunday March 22 is World Water Day, a time to reflect on one of the world's most precious resources. It's also an opportunity to thank you for participating in the Water Challenge! Together, we're bringing more than 16,000 people in Tanzania 41 charity: water projects--everything from shallow wells to spring protections to sanitary facilities. Every 20  handmade paper beads you created supplied one person with clean water--and made a true difference. We will continue to bring you updates on the water projects, scheduled for completion this summer.

In addition to building the projects in Tanzania, your handmade beads also inspired two international artists to get involved in the Water Challenge. Renowned artist Vik Muniz is currently crafting a work of art from your beads which will become a benefit poster. Proceeds from the sale of the poster will go directly to charity: water and support their efforts to end the worldwide water crisis. Stay tuned to Students Rebuild to learn when the poster is available for purchase!

We're delighted international designer Anita Quansah has completed a beautiful collar and dress from your beads. She has donated these items to the cause and we'd love to share Anita's work far and wide. Through displaying Anita's creations in museums and other settings, we aim to raise awareness, and potentially funding, towards resolving the worldwide water crisis. Follow us as we share more on our plans for Anita's gorgeous and heartfelt work. 

What are you doing to recognize World Water Day this year? We recommend:

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, is helping bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. Every 20 handmade beads provides access to clean water for one person in a village. This school year, your handmade beads will provide more than 16,000 people clean water in Tanzania because the Bezos Family Foundation through Students Rebuild has matched your beads with funding for 41 water projects that serve schools and communities.