Vik Muniz Artwork to Bring Clean Water to Tanzania

Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz

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.

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.

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.

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Water projects include rainwater harvesting, new wells, repair and updating of non-functioning wells and maintenance.

To date, more than 300 teams from 43 states in the United States and 19 countries have joined the Students Rebuild Water Challenge.

Countries signing up include Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United States and Uruguay.

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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

Photo courtesy: Students Rebuild

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