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.
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.
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.
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.
Join us in Austin on November 4, at Run For The Water. Learn how you can run and help transform lives at the same time.
Check out the race that Austin Runner Magazine calls best in the city, a “crown jewel and must-do event for beginners and veterans alike” and is the marquee event for The Gazelle Foundation. Join us November 4, 2018, for the 12th annual Run For The Water 5k, 10-miler, and Kids-k on a spectacular scenic route, in the heart of Austin.
Gilbert Tuhabonye describes Run For The Water to get YOU excited to join us on a spectacular scenic route in the heart of Austin. Run For The Water is race number two in the Austin Distance Challenge.
With great joy, we announce the completion of three more water systems. The handover to local residents means 3,800 more people have access to as much water as they need.
For perspective that's water for more people than the number of students enrolled at several Austin area high schools: Austin High School 2,262, Del Valle High School 3,003, Lake Travis High School 2,699, Vandegrift High School 2,257, Westlake High School 2,655.