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 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.

We set a goal of 323,460 beads – enough to provide funding for 41 water projects that give access to clean water to 16,173 people. Your efforts blew past our goal – we received more than 800,000 beads!

Student teams also have the opportunity to interact with peers in Tanzania through live webcasts hosted by our partner, Global Nomads Group. View past webcasts here, and stay tuned for our final Tanzania webcast coming in September.

World-renowned visual artist, Vik Muniz is creating a beautiful benefit poster using the paper beads you sent in and international designer Anita Quansah is creating a beautiful gown and collar using handmade beads. All proceeds will benefit charity: water.

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge will mean more than clean water. It means opportunity, freedom to go to school and get an education.

Thank you for taking the Challenge by mailing in paper beads to generate funding for water projects in Tanzania. Now follow our progress to see the water projects become a reality!

Have any questions? Visit our Water Challenge FAQ page.