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Beyoncé Launches BEYGOOD4BURUNDI to Deliver Clean Water to Kids in Africa

Beyoncé says she’s committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis

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Global icon and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership will support programs to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation, said a statement released Friday by Unicef.

In the Instagram post above, Unicef says,

Water is life. Without it, children simply cannot survive. In Burundi, a small landlocked nation in East Africa, over ½ the population is under 18 years old, and they are facing a major water crisis. Together with @beyonce #BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, we have the chance to make a HUGE difference for some of the world’s most vulnerable children, here’s how → http://www.beyonce.com/beygood4burundi

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Beyonce made the statement above and continued to say, “I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi.”
The water crisis in Burundi is a crisis for children. When children have to rely on unsafe water, they become weak, malnourished and susceptible to water-borne diseases, which are among the leading causes of death in children under five. The lack of water also forces children to miss out on school to walk for miles in search of wells. The burden of fetching water falls disproportionately on girls, who risk attacks along their journeys.
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“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.”

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“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, who traveled to Burundi earlier this year. “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. 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.”

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