Beyoncé Teams With UNICEF To Launch Clean Water Initiative In Burundi

Half a million people in the country don't have access to clean water.

Beyoncé continued to help the next generation of young women and girls run the world this week with the launch of a new program focused on aiding children in Africa in a big way. A partnership between the activist and mogul, and UNICEF was announced Friday at the Essence Festival that will work to bring clean water to the over half a million people in Burundi who currently do not have access to safe water. 

Called #BeyGood4Burundi, the campaign will build water supply systems for health care facilities and schools such as the drilling of boreholes and wells. The program, supported by Beyoncé's BeyGOOD, will also support workshops on hygiene for young girls in the country.  

"Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable," Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF USA, said in a statement. "This unique partnership combines UNICEF's decades of expertise in providing clean water to children in Burundi and around the world with the power and influence of the entertainment world to bring about social change."

Burundi is the fifth-poorest nation in the world. More than 2 million people, almost all of whom are women and children, spend more than 30 minutes a day collecting water. Localized access to clean water not only improves the health of a community but gives kids the opportunity to use the time previously spent collecting water on school work and other educational activities. 

"Access to water is a fundamental right," Beyonce said in a statement. "When you give children clean and safe water, you don't just give them life, you give them health, and education, and a brighter future. I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi." 


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