We inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues.
Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation, born in January 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Since then, we’ve mobilized thousands of young people in 38+countries and all 50 United States and raised more than $1.5 million in matching funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti, youth facilities in Japan and livelihoods in Africa. Click here for a downloadable fact sheet about Students Rebuild, and learn more about each Challenge below.
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. Students from around the world created paper beads, and for every 20 handmade beads, one person will receive access to clean water thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.
Typhoon Haiyan Challenge: Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children to provide support to the Philippines in November 2013. Thousands of letters were submitted by students from around the world. The Bezos Family Foundation matched $1 for each letter and drawing sent up to $200,000. Save the Children is using these funds to provide students with temporary learning spaces, educational materials, clean water supplies and more. Learn more.
One Million Bones Challenge: Students 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 Awards: In 2013--its inaugural year--the Students Rebuild Awards featured Half the Sky Movement. With the help of votes from you and an esteemed judging panel, we awarded five young women with $10,000 each ($50,000 total value). We applaud these young women who often go unrecognized, fighting bravely to improve life conditions for their peers and to end the oppression of women and girls in their communities and countries. Learn more.
Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge: In 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. Students were asked to make paper cranes & mail them to have their efforts matched by the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.
Haiti Schools Challenge: In 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 so students and educators could raise much-needed funding for school reconstruction. Learn more.