Did you know that the handmade bones made by thousands of students and educators around the world generated $500,000 for CARE International to help rebuild lives in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), two nations affected by violence and conflict?
Participants in all 50 states and 30 countries joined the One Million Bones project and sent their bones to the National Mall!
Here’s How: In partnership with One Million Bones, Students Rebuild challenged students worldwide to make bones, as a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors of ongoing conflict in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma and Somalia. Every bone made generated $1, up to $500,000, from the Bezos Family Foundation to CARE’s work on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia. Every penny made was sent to CARE to support relief and rebuilding programs that directly benefitted young people.
In addition to the challenge, students had the opportunity to connect directly to young people and relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through webcasts, interactive video-conferences and field blogs.
By joining forces with CARE, we were able to send critical funds used to equip young leaders and their families with the resources they need to peacefully rebuild their communities. Students made bones for peace, for hope and healing, and to show our connectedness.
What is Students Rebuild? Students Rebuild is a collaborative initiative of the Bezos Family Foundation that inspires young people to connect, learn and take action on critical global issues. Since its genesis in January, 2010, Students Rebuild has mobilized thousands of young people in 38+ countries and all 50 U.S. states, and raised more than $1 million in matching funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti and youth facilities in Japan. This most recent challenge was a collaboration between One Million Bones, the Bezos Family Foundation, CARE and Global Nomads Group.