The project to bring a safe, sustainable supply of water to rural areas of Burundi is underway. The UNICEF Burundi team has targeted the provinces of Cankuzo, Rutana and Ruyigi for this project, as they are among the most vulnerable in the country, with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and other basic socioeconomic indicators below the national averages. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004 indicated that economic benefits from WASH improvements would range from $3 to $34 per $1 invested through time saved, illness avoided, and improved school attendance. Even greater additional returns could be achieved if household water treatment accompanied drinking water and sanitation improvements.
Investing in bringing a safe, sustainable supply of water to the three targeted provinces in Burundi, therefore, could lead not only to increases in health but also to a significant reduction in poverty levels for thousands of children and their communities. And YOU are a part of this!
Thank you so much for supporting the BeyGood4Burundi project!
Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF to launch BeyGood4Burundi, an initiative through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm focused on providing safe, clean, potable water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership – proudly supported by CHIME for CHANGE and GUCCI –will support programs to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation, where nearly half the population has no access to safe water.
More updates to come, as we all embark on helping children survive and thrive in Burundi. For more information on our work in Burundi, check out the attached story and photo of a girl from a household in the commune of Chombo, Karuzi province, in the centre-north of Burundi that was included in a Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project.
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