We’ve got exciting news! Thanks to the hardworking National Junior Honor Society students at St. Theresa’s Catholic School in Austin, Texas. They raised over $4,500 to fund clean water. Which means kids in Burundi won’t have to worry about where they will wash their hands, or get a drink of water. St. Theresa’s Catholic School — your generosity inspires us!
Read how longtime Gazelle Foundation supporters Kim and Bernd combined their passion for running with their passion for philanthropy. They trained for Paris Marathon, and raised money to bring clean water to school children in Burundi. Now they want to challenge you!
This year, during our training for the Paris marathon, we found a new way to focus on being joyful and grateful – we counted every mile we ran in training and committed to donating $1 per mile to others less fortunate than us. The charity of our choice was the Gazelle Foundation for water. —Kim and Bernd
Clean water decreases disease rate by 80%. It puts children back into the classroom by giving them time for education. It allows a village to focus on building a future, earning a living, spending time with family—not searching for water.
AUSTIN, Texas — Attendees showed their gratitude for life and clean water by turning out in force for the 2019 Spring for the Water, the annual fundraising event that raises money for water projects in Burundi, Africa.
150 attendees were at the celebration, raising enough money for the Austin-based Gazelle Foundation to help at least 4,300 people get daily access to clean water in Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
The April 30th event also recognized the 25 anniversary of Gilbert Tuhabonye’s escape from genocide. And recognize several of the key people behind the Gazelle Foundation’s success: philanthropists DK, Mike and Kley Reynolds, accepted the Peter Rauch World Changer Award.
Chikage Windler, Chief Meteorologist, CBS Austin emceed the evening.
Gazelle Foundation co-founders Gilbert Tuhabonye and Peter Rauch with Taylor Ellison of CBS Austin’s We Are Austin show Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Talking about the simple beauty of helping others. How families in Burundi used to constantly get sick, but not anymore thanks to work of the Gazelle Foundation. Gilbert Tuhabonye and Peter Rauch tell us how we can all be a part of this important work. Watch Clean Water Clear Futures.
In celebration of Gilbert’s 25th anniversary, we invite you to join us for a very special Spring For The Water event.
DK, Mike, and Kley Reynolds will accept the inaugural Peter Rauch World Changer Award. The emcee for the evening is Chikage Windler, CBS Austin. Tickets and tables are available here
The Gazelle Foundation for the water's very long-term goal is to help Burundi climb out of the bottom ten in the United Nations Human Development Index, and we feel this is possible by providing hundreds of thousands of people with access to clean water.
In 2017, Daniel McCutcheon a student in the Academy of Global Studies (AGS) at Austin High School and Devon Steiner, biology teacher had an idea and a vision to help bring clean water to people in Burundi, Africa. Fast forward three years, Walk For The Water has achieved remarkable tangible results and continues to gain momentum. Around 600 freshmen have participated and raised a combined total of nearly $30,000 to help build clean water systems in Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries. In Burundi the number one cause of death is water-borne illnesses such as typhoid, hepatitis A, and schistosomiasis.
The funds raised by AGS students equate to about 980 people in Burundi getting daily access to as much clean water as they need. The program also allows AGS participants to gain a deeper understanding of water scarcity, consumption, and their role and ability to be engaged, global citizens.
Construction of the Kanyinya-Nyagihotora water system, a 11.05km (6.867 miles) project is about to begin. When complete 3,000 people will have daily access to water, including students and teachers at two different schools, a church, and a health center.
Access to clean water creates new opportunities and changes the trajectory of every person in the community. That’s what we mean when we say clean water transforms lives. 16 weeks of work by local contractors in Burundi and the support of people just like you are what it takes to make this project a reality.