Austin, Texas - July 2, 2019 - Austin Ear Nose and Throat Clinic are the presenting sponsor of the Water Hero Kids K at the thirteenth annual Run For The Water. A uniquely transformative event, every entry to Run For The Water allows the Gazelle Foundation to provide a person in Burundi with access to clean water – for life. The Water Hero Kids K is a fun way for kids to be active and gain a deeper understanding of water scarcity, consumption, and their role and ability to be engaged, global citizens.
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!
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.
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.