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World-Renowned Artist Vik Muniz Helps Bring Clean Water to Tanzania

World-Renowned Artist Vik Muniz Helps Bring Clean Water to Tanzania

SEATTLE, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Celebrated artist Vik Muniz will join the Students Rebuild Water Challenge by creating a one-of-a-kind art piece in spring 2014. The Students Rebuild Water Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, will bring clean, safe drinking water to more than 16,000 Tanzanians.

Learn more about the Students Rebuild Water Challenge: http://studentsrebuild.org/find-challenge/water-challenge.

The Students Rebuild Water Challenge asks students worldwide to make and mail in paper beads. Every 20 handmade beads will provide access to clean water for one person because the Bezos Family Foundation-through its Students Rebuild program-will match beads with up to $500,000 in funding for 41 charity: water projects for Tanzanian schools and communities. Water projects include rainwater harvesting, new wells, repair and updating of non-functioning wells and maintenance.

To date, nearly 300 teams from 38 states in the United States and 16 countries have joined the Students Rebuild Water Challenge. Countries signing up include Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, the Dominican Republic, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and the United States.

Muniz will create and donate unique artwork using beads mailed in by March 31, 2014. The Water Challenge uses the symbol of a bead because they have been used as adornment, communication and currency in Africa for thousands of years. Details of how to participate in the Students Rebuild Water Challenge-including how to make paper beads-are available at http://studentsrebuild.org.

Muniz also contributed his time, vision and talent to a previous Students Rebuild project. Following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the Students Rebuild Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge called on young people to make origami cranes, which the foundation matched with reconstruction funding. An overwhelming response of two million paper cranes from 38+ countries and all 50 United States inspired Muniz to create a large-scale art piece from thousands of paper cranes which was photographed for a beautiful benefit poster. All proceeds from the poster continue to support Japanese reconstruction.


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