Burundi has been suffering a serious water crisis, and Beyonce’s BeyGOOD charity is looking to alleviate the issue through the multi-year project with UNICEF.
The partnership is meant to support the improvement of water, sanitation, and basic hygiene practices in the most difficult-to-reach part of the East African country.
Nearly half the population of Burundi has no access to safe, clean water. This particularly affects children, who can become malnourished, and those more susceptible to water-borne diseases, one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five in Burundi.
“Access to water is a fundamental right. When you give children clean and safe water, you don’t just give them life, you give them health, an education, and a brighter future. I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi,” said Beyonce.
“BEYGOOD4BURUNDI is a continuation of the work that Beyoncé, her family and Parkwood Entertainment are doing to address water crises around the world, including right here in the state of Louisiana and in Michigan,” said Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations at Parkwood Entertainment.
“In Burundi I saw myself, my sisters and my mother in the strength of the women and young sisters travelling miles to carry water for their families,” McGregor continued. “Today young girls in the ‘Heart of Africa’ are given the gift of hope for a brighter tomorrow through our multi-year partnership with UNICEF and commitment to support safe water access solutions.”
In the project’s first phase, BeyGOOD and UNICEF will help construct new wells, support hygiene education, and improve water and sanitation facilities in schools.
BeyGOOD was founded in 2013 and formed partnerships on projects around the world to help people in need. UNICEF has helped bring access to safe water to over 100 million people over the last three years.