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Deering Students Help Tanzanians Access Clean, Safe Water

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Deering Students Help Tanzanians Access Clean, Safe Water
Posted on 02/23/2016
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When the call came for clean, safe water in Tanzania, Deering High School students answered en masse! In keeping with Deering’s commitment to involvement in an ever-changing world and global responsibility, its students participated in the Students Rebuild Water Challenge.

The challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, was designed to bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need. Students from around the world created and mailed in paper beads; for every 20 handmade beads, one person is receiving access to clean water, thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation.

In an effort led by Deering art teacher Audrey Michaud Rolfe and including Deering's art, math and social studies departments, Deering students were asked to make paper beads for the challenge. More than 150 Deering students donated their time and created 7,000 beads in the spring of 2014 for water projects completed in the fall of 2015.

In short, Deering was part of a movement that provided access to clean water for 16,000 people in Tanzania through 41 separate water projects. Besides the obvious health benefits to the men, women, and children in Tanzania, these projects resulted in more students being able to attend school and get an education.

For more information and to learn about other challenges, go to http://studentsrebuild.org.