We inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues.
Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation, born in January 2010 in response to the devastating Haiti earthquake. Since then, we’ve mobilized thousands of young people in nearly 80 countries and all 50 United States and raised more than $2.5 million in matching funds for rebuilding schools in Haiti, aiding disaster recovery efforts in Asia and supporting livelihoods in Africa. Click here for a downloadable fact sheet about Students Rebuild; learn more about each Challenge below.
We believe every young person should have an opportunity to help others—but not everyone has the ability to fundraise. Our Challenges require young people to create a simple, symbolic object which the foundation matches with funding. This approach allows students of all ages, backgrounds and in countries around the world to take action and see change on international concerns.
Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge: Our current Challenge, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and Global Nomads Group, will help Syrian refugee children from conflict areas recover from crisis and grow into happy, healthy adults. For each pinwheel you make and mail in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2—up to $400,000—to the IRC's Healing Classrooms program. The more pinwheels you send, the more children you’ll help! Learn more and take the Challenge.
Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge: Students Rebuild joined forces with Save the Children to support children affected by the destructive April 25, 2015 Nepal earthquake. The Bezos Family Foundation matched every non-perishable flower garland you mailed in with $2, and ultimately donated $200,000 to Save the Children for temporary schools and safe places to play, back-to-school kits and more.
Students Rebuild Literacy Challenge: Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world. For each bookmark we received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1—up to $300,000—to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Students Rebuild Water Challenge: In partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, Students Rebuild is bringing clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. For every 20 handmade beads made by students, one person is receiving access to clean water thanks to matching funds from the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.
Typhoon Haiyan Challenge: Students Rebuild partnered with Save the Children to support Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Students around the world wrote thousands of letters that were matched with funds by the Bezos Family Foundation. Save the Children used these funds to provide students with temporary learning spaces, educational materials and more. Learn more.
One Million Bones Challenge: Students Rebuild joined the One Million Bones project, CARE and Global Nomads Group to create 1,000,000 handmade bones as a visible petition against humanitarian crises. The Bezos Family Foundation matched student efforts with a donation of $500,000 to CARE’s work in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.) Learn more.
Students Rebuild Awards: In 2013, the Students Rebuild Awards partnered with Half the Sky Movement to honor five young women fighting bravely to improve life conditions for their peers and to end the oppression of females in their communities and countries. Learn more.
Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge: In 2011, Students Rebuild partnered with DoSomething.org and Architecture for Humanity to give students a way to support their Japanese peers affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Sendai. We asked students to make paper cranes and mail them to have their efforts matched by the Bezos Family Foundation. Learn more.
Haiti Schools Challenge: In the first-ever Students Rebuild Challenge, students raised funds to benefit those affected by the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Students Rebuild partnered with Architecture for Humanity and Global Nomads Group so students and educators could raise much-needed funding for school reconstruction. Learn more.