Students Rebuild has teamed-up with One Million Bones, a campaign to cover the National Mall in Washington, DC with 1,000,000 handmade bones in honor of lives lost and in solidarity with those who have survived mass conflict. Those bones can be made and mailed in by you. And your friends. Make a bone for peace. Make a bone for hope and healing. Make a bone to show our connectedness.
bone you contribute generates $1 in support of CARE's work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, two nations torn by violence and conflict. Every penny - up to $500,000 - goes directly to CARE to support relief and rebuilding
programs that directly benefit young people.
Hundred of teams, including thousands of young people and their families, have pledged to take the One Million Bones challenge. Our reach is global: Young people from 31 countries - including Austria, Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Iran, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United States - have signed up. And our momentum is growing: we've collected 650,000 bones to date!
Here are a few of our favorite stories of (You)th in Action:
- One Rebuilder Galvanizes a World of Support - College for Creative Studies senior and organizer Mara Magyarosi was so intrigued when she learned about the Students Rebuild Challenge that she wanted to share it with a big group that would really benefit from participating. She went to the Henry Ford Academy's School for Creative Studies with her idea for a school-wide project and they jumped on the challenge. The result? An astounding collaboration between 18 classrooms and an installation composed of nearly 2,000 bones!
- 1K Bones from Juneau, Alaska - Juneau artist MK MacNaughton recently organized Alaska's contribution to the One Million Bones project. With the help of 200 community members, 1,000 plaster and clay bones were made and placed on the waterfront downtown. Meet MacNaughton and her students and see the installation in this short 3 minute clip!
- Tallahassee: 'Taking the Skeletons Out of the Closet' - After discovering the One Million Bones project last year, Jane McPherson of Tallahassee, Florida was compelled to establish a Tallahassee chapter. To date, Jane and her students at the Florida State University College of Social Work have helped to organize over 40 events at venues ranging from public schools to evening art walks to the local ice cream shop. All told, the group has crafted over 7,400 bones for the One Million Bones challenge, raising more than $7,400 for CARE’s relief work in Somalia and the DR Congo. Join us as we catch up with Jane and learn a little bit more about her inspiring efforts in Tallahassee!
- Oak Park Girl Scouts make their bones in Springfield - Oak Park Troop 42742 made their mark on the Illinois State Capitol, displaying 2,600 handmade bones! “Genocide is happening every day in the Sudan, in the Congo, in Burma, but people don’t really know about it. We’re hoping this will encourage more people to care," says 14-year-old organizer Moira Malley.
We still need your help to cover the National Mall with one million bones in June, 2013 and to raise critical support for your peers in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Join us and be part of the movement - Become one in a million today!