Austin High School Students Gain Deeper Understanding of Water Scarcity and Global Engagement with Annual Walk For The Water

Austin High School Students Gain Deeper Understanding of Water Scarcity and Global Engagement with Annual Walk For The 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.

Announcing Next Water Project: Kanyinya-Nyagihotora Water System

Announcing Next Water Project: Kanyinya-Nyagihotora Water System

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.

Save The Date: Spring For The Water

Save The Date: Spring For The Water

Mark your calendars for a very special Spring For the Water event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Gilbert Tuhabonye's escape from genocide and second chance of life. Join us April 30. Tickets, Tables and sponsorship opportunities. Our goal for the evening is to fully fund a water project, honoring Gilbert's legacy of joy and gratitude. It will be an evening of fun, food & drink, and changing lives.

16 Weeks To Impact Lives Forever

16 Weeks To Impact Lives Forever

After just 16 weeks the Gahanda-Rwego Water Project is complete and bringing clean water to 2,750 kids, grandparents, and families.

People using this water system are immediately healthier, because sanitation and hygiene are boosted, and risk of water-borne infectious diseases are reduced. Rather than spending hours collecting water, kids get more time to attend school. And people can work and earn money. The combination of health, income and education begin to reverse a cycle of poverty.

Clean Water For 1,200 People: Update on Kadasha-Kayange Water System

Clean Water For 1,200 People: Update on Kadasha-Kayange Water System

Providing access to clean water is more than quenching thirst. Regular access to clean water saves lives. We thrilled to report that the Kadasha-Kayange water system is 90% complete. Over the next few weeks all holding tanks, pipes, and tap stands will be connected, then final testing will begin. Five tap stands distribute clean water to 1,200 people. This water system is one of three that the Gazelle Foundation is currently working on. The project is on time and on budget, and its impact is already considerable.

Central Texas Runners Help 6,400 People Access Clean Water at 2018 Run For The Water

Central Texas Runners Help 6,400 People Access Clean Water at 2018 Run For The Water

More than 3,600 runners registered for the run today, raising enough money for the Austin-based Gazelle Foundation to help at least 6,400 people get access to clean water in Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Austin Has Clean Water Again - Now Let's Help Others: Run for the Water

Austin Has Clean Water Again - Now Let's Help Others: Run for the Water

Austin has clean water again, but millions of Africans do not. You can help change that just by registering for the 2018 Run for the Water. Make a short 5K run, a longer 10-mile run, or bring your family to the Kids K in beautiful downtown Austin Nov. 4, and you can change someone's life forever.

And if you don't want to run, you can still support water for Burundi, Africa by giving directly to the Gazelle Foundation.

Run For The Water in Austin and Change Lives in Africa

Run For The Water in Austin and Change Lives in Africa

You can give clean drinking water for life to someone in Burundi, Africa just by registering for the 2018 Run for the Water, in either the 5K or 10-mile race.

Runners of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in this inspiring Austin event which since 2006 has helped bring clean drinking water to more than 92,000 people in Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations.