For many young people, water is a life and death issue. Over 10,000 children die every year from diarrhea because they don’t have access to clean water. Most of those are children under five years old. Things as simple as clean water for restrooms, hand washing, and drinking could reduce water-related deaths and give young people more time to be a kid, spend time with family, and attend school.
Challenge Quick Facts
All living creatures need clean water, especially children.
Students around the world learned the importance of clean water.
As students created beads, they learned about the importance of clean water. Students learned that often women and girls carry the water (weighing nearly 44 pounds!) each day on their backs. Our teams also learned that water is too expensive to buy for families living on $1 a day, and that more than half the hospital beds in the world are occupied by people sick from water related illnesses.
For every 20 beads you sent, 1 person got access to clean water.
To honor the people of Tanzania, we asked students to help bring them clean water through the symbolic gesture of creating a bead. Beads are a part of life in Africa. They’re often used for ceremonies and given or exchanged at significant life events. For thousands of years, African beads have been adornment, communication and currency. We set a goal to receiving 323,460 handmade beads. Your efforts blew past our goal; we received over 800,000 beads and unlocked $500,000 in funding from the Bezos Family Foundation.
Your handmade beads funded 57 clean water projects.
The efforts of students worldwide helped support the build of 57 clean water projects and provide nearly 19,000 Tanzanians with access to clean, safe drinking water.
Making Beads for Clean Water Access in Tanzania
The Water Challenge invited students worldwide to make paper beads to give access to clean water to families in Tanzania. For every 20 beads made, the Bezos Family Foundation donated money for one person to have access to clean water in Tanzania. In the end, $500,000 went to Charity: Water.
By the Numbers
Students created over 800,000 beads and sent them to the Bezos Family Foundation. Youth from 24 countries and 44 states in the United States participated in this Challenge.
Because of your efforts Charity: Water was able to build 57 clean water projects which helped nearly 19,000 people in Tanzania.
What Happened with the Beads?
Using tens of thousands of beads, world renowned Brazilian artist Vic Muniz created 4 benefit posters and fashion designer Anita Quansah created a gown and collar incorporating beads. All the proceeds from these art projects went to provide even more people with clean water.
Where we came from
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