About the Challenge

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, is bringing clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. Students from around the world created and mailed in paper beads; for every 20 handmade beads, one person is receiving access to clean water thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation.

We set a goal of 323,460 beads--which would generate enough matching funding for 41 water projects to give clean water access to 16,173 people. Your efforts blew past our goal--we received more than 800,000 beads! The Bezos Family Foundation provided charity: water with $500,000 in matching funds which they used to build 57 clean water projects that will serve nearly 19,000 Tanzanians! Watch a brief video overview of the Water Challenge project from start to finish.

Student teams also had the opportunity to interact with peers in Tanzania through three live webcasts hosted by our partner, Global Nomads Group. And the beautiful beads students made are still making a difference! World-renowned visual artist, Vik Muniz created a beautiful benefit poster using the paper beads you sent in and international designer Anita Quansah crafted a gorgeous gown and collar using students' handmade beads. All proceeds reated to these projects will benefit charity: water.

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge means more than clean water. It means health and it also means time saved from collecting water, which brings opportunity, freedom to go to school and get an education. Thank you for taking the Challenge! Read final updates on our Water Challenge blog and see all of the Completed Water projects anytime. Have any questions? Visit our Water Challenge FAQ page.