About Students Rebuild

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. Our program began 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.

Water Challenge

Our current Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, will help to bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. The Challenge: Make a paper bead and mail it in to generate funding for water projects in Tanzania. Every 20 handmade beads will provide access to clean water for one person in a village. This school year, your handmade beads can provide more than 16,000 people clean water in Tanzania because the Bezos Family Foundation through Students Rebuild will match your beads with funding for 41 water projects that serve schools and communities. Click here to learn more and take the Challenge! 

Typhoon Haiyan Challenge

Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children to provide much-needed support to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck on November 8, 2013 and destroyed homes, schools—and forever changed the lives of millions. Thank you for sending letters and drawings of hope and healing to students like you, who have been affected by the storm. The Bezos Family Foundation, through Students Rebuild, matched each letter and drawing you send with $1, up to $200,000. Save the Children will use these funds to provide children and teachers with safe, temporary learning spaces, educational materials and other support. In addition to this educational assistance, Save the Children will deliver your thousands of letters and pictures of support to survivors of the storm in March, 2014! Click here to learn more about the Challenge.

One Million Bones Challenge 

Students Rebuild challenged young people worldwide to take a stand against humanitarian crises. We partnered with the One Million Bones project, Global Nomads Group and CARE. The Challenge: Make a bone to be part of a visual petition to cover the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with 1,000,000 handmade bones. The result:  1,500 teams from all 50 United States and 31 countries created 1,000,000 bones which covered the National Mall June 8 – 10, 2013! In addition to raising awareness of ongoing mass atrocities, the handmade bones generated a total of $500,000 in matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation for CARE’s work to rebuild lives in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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. Stay tuned for our next Awards program!

The Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge

After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we partnered with DoSomething.org and asked youth to take a stand. The Challenge:  Make and mail in 100,000 paper cranes to raise money for rebuilding youth centers in Japan. The Bezos Family Foundation pledged to match each crane with $2 for a total of $200,000. The result:  An astounding two million paper cranes arrived from more than 38 countries and all 50 United States—this inspired the foundation to double its gift to $400,000. An additional anonymous gift of $100,000 resulted in a total of $500,000 for Architecture for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Haiti Schools Challenge 

Our first Challenge, in partnership with Architecture for Humanity and Global Nomads Group, called on students around the globe to raise money to rebuild schools in Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. The Challenge:  Create a team to raise money, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bezos Family Foundation. The result: 125 Teams composed of 3,400 students from nine countries helped to raise $350,000 to rebuild four schools. 

More Than a Quick Fix Fundraising Effort

We're in this for the long run. Students Rebuild tackles some of the world's most difficult issues and connects young people to the global community while they learn about the real challenges of rebuilding. Through video, blogs from on-the-ground teams and interactive programs with students abroad, Challenge participants learn first-hand how we can work together to rebuild communities and change lives. Pick a Challenge to learn more!

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