Mailing Beads

Our bead deadline has passed! Thank you to all of the amazing teams who helped catapult us past our goal. 

Did you make beads but miss the mail-in deadline? Feel free to share them with us on our social media channels! Tag #SRWaterChallenge on TwitterInstagramPinterestGoogle+ and Tumblr, or post to our Facebook page.

If you've made special mail-in arrangements or have any questions, please contact us at

Why beads? 

Beads are a part of life in Africa—they’re often used for ceremonies—given and exchanged at significant life events such as birth, puberty, marriage and death. For thousands of years, African beads have been used as adornment, communication and currency. To honor the people of Tanzania, we invite you to join a global bead-making effort that brings schools and communities clean, safe water.

World-renowned visual artist Vik Muniz and London-based African designer Anita Quansah are creating special art pieces using the paper beads you've sent in!

Every 20 handmade beads is also providing access to clean water for one person in Tanzania, because the Bezos Family Foundation has matched your beads with funding for 41 water projects that serve schools and communities! 

Still want to learn how to make a bead? Check out our video: