With clean water nearby kids have the opportunity to plan for the future

Here’s tangible results of the impact you make possible. Construction crews in Burundi are hard at work on the Bitoke-Kiriza Extension Water System thanks to your generosity. 668 students and teachers at Kiriza primary school will soon have daily access to as much water as they need. This is the third progress update of this water system.

  • Sources catchment are completed

  • Protection sources are on 90% completion

  • Collection chamber is completed

  • Tank 1 is complete

  • Tank 2 is on 98% complete

  • 3 tap stands are complete

  • 6 km of hand trenching is complete

  • Connection of pipes is around 3.2.km

The Bitoke-Kiriza Extension Water System construction is on time and on budget. When it’s complete 2,100 residents including the workers and kids shown here will have daily access to as much water as they need. Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school—all of which fight poverty.

ACCESS TO WATER: A SOLID INVESTMENT THAT SPARKS ECONOMIC GROWTH

According to World Health Organization, Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $4–$12 in economic returns.

The Bitoke-Kiriza Extension Water System

  • Cost: $66,426

  • Scope: 10.200km, (6.34 miles) include 14 tap stands

  • Construction Dates: July 2019 - November 2019

  • Employ: Approximately 60 local people

  • Will serves: over 2,100 residents in the surrounding area, Kiriza Anglican church, Kiriza primary students (668 students & teachers), Kiriza college (156 students & teachers)


3 FACTS ABOUT GAZELLE FOUNDATION WATER SYSTEMS   Water is captured from a source before it can become contaminated, it is filtered in the collection chamber and flows onward. PVC pipe is entrenched and carries water to tanks, and continues to multiple tap stands.  Tap stands, like the ones pictured in the schematic drawing, are strategically positioned throughout the village within easy walking distance to schools, churches, community centers to maximize access points for residents.  Local workers are hired to construct the water system, this means local citizens know exactly how to maintain and repair the system. To date over 50 projects have been funded and built because of generous financial support from people like you.

3 FACTS ABOUT GAZELLE FOUNDATION WATER SYSTEMS

Water is captured from a source before it can become contaminated, it is filtered in the collection chamber and flows onward. PVC pipe is entrenched and carries water to tanks, and continues to multiple tap stands.

Tap stands, like the ones pictured in the schematic drawing, are strategically positioned throughout the village within easy walking distance to schools, churches, community centers to maximize access points for residents.

Local workers are hired to construct the water system, this means local citizens know exactly how to maintain and repair the system. To date over 50 projects have been funded and built because of generous financial support from people like you.


The Gazelle Foundation has a track record success in Burundi. To date over 100,000 people now have access to clean water because of supporters like you. Working in a single, small country means it is easy to track the long-term impact of the water system. Clean water is foundational to community health and economic growth, and the Gazelle Foundation amplifies those effects by employing local workers and local suppliers in water system development.

Due to the unique nature of the Foundation’s structure and in-country partners, the cost to build water systems is lower than average. The Gazelle Foundation is a certified 501(c)3. Donations to the Gazelle Foundation go directly to funding sustainable water systems in Burundi.

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Access to water empowers people with time for school and work, and contributes to improved health for women, children, men, and families. The Gazelle Foundation is able to make an enormous impact on the everyday lives of Burundians by working closely with them to complete clean water projects one village at a time

The Gazelle Foundation raises money for water projects throughout the year and leads educational projects in Austin Texas on the importance of clean water.

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