FAQs

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  1. Why bones?
  2. Why Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
  3. Will Students Rebuild spotlight other humanitarian crises?
  4. Do I have to register?
  5. Where do I send the handmade bones?
  6. Can I make the bones out of anything? What size?
  7. How does my participation impact projects on the ground in these complex environments?
  8. I'm not located in the United States. Can I still participate?

Why bones?

Bones are universal. Bones are strong. Bones symbolize our common humanity. And, they are poignant reminders of unnecessary and preventable loss. They are the physical evidence individuals, people, ever existed. The bone laying is the intersection of art and activism, of education and action, and it represented mass graves--the result of ongoing conflict as well as a reminder that we belong to each other. Top

Why Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Drought and famine in Somalia remain an urgent and pressing issue and demands a global response. It's vital to understand the chronic factors and conditions that drive a nation to the position Somalia suffers. Also, the ongoing conflict in the DRC has been called the deadliest since World War II. It has claimed more than 5 million lives and displaced 1.7 million. Conflict minerals and gender-based violence continue to drive tensions and issues, while a new generation of youth are increasingly taking it upon themselves to drive positive change. Top

Will Students Rebuild spotlight other humanitarian crises?

We know that Somalia and DRC are but two of many global crises (too many). While we’re starting here, we’re not ending here. If there is a different conflict that you want to speak out against, tell us what issue we should spotlight next--and why--by writing to usTop

Do I have to register?

This Challenge has ended and we are no longer accepting new registrations. All teams participating in a Students Rebuild Challenge must register for the Challenge to ensure your creation generates a donation for our partner. To be notified of future Challenges, please sign up here. If you have specific questions, concerns or limitations, please contact usTop

Where do I send the handmade bones?

The deadline to send in bones was May 15, 2013Top

Can I make the bones out of anything?  What size?

Any material other than real bone (or anything else that will smell badly or spread germs) was fair game. We asked bone-makers to use their creative instincts, but stick to white and grey colored bone of a moderate size and of no more than three pounds to maintain the consistency of the installation. Top

How does my participation impact projects on the ground in these complex environments?

For every handmade bone we received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1, up to $500,000 to relief projects implemented by CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. You can learn more about how CARE helped youth in Somalia and the DRC hereTop

I'm not located in the United States. Can I still participate?

The deadline to participate in the One Million Bones Challenge has passed, however we allowed digital bones from outside of the U.S. because international shipping can be cost-prohibitive. We asked bone makers outside of the U.S. to send a digital photo of their handmade bones / bone-making event along with a bone count, personal story and wishes of hope. 

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