Beading Making for Charity: Water to Benefit Tanzania

making beads at charity: waterHeaded to the charity: water headquarters in NYC to help make paper beads for the Students Rebuild Water Challenge. Students Rebuild is a nonprofit organization that hopes to “inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues.”

Why Beads?

Beads are a part of African culture—used for ceremonial purposes or given and exchanged at significant life events such as birth, puberty, marriage and death.

The Water Challenge

For every 20 beads made one person in Tanzania will have access to clean water thanks to the generosity of The Bezos Family Foundation. The task was simple. Roll strips of magazine paper around a toothpick to create a bead.

making paper beadsAfter a couple of hours I made 60 paper beads – helping bring clean, safe drinking water to three people in Tanzania!

paper beadsThe goal is to make at least 323,460 beads which renowned visual artist Vik Muniz will use to create a mosaic art piece. Beads submitted by March 31, 2014 will be used in the artwork. However, the Water Challenge has been extended through May 16, 2014. Students across the country are taking part in the Water Challenge. Get started and register to take the Challenge today!

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