Seattle, WA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 05, 2011
From walk-a-thons to rock concerts, from rural Kansas to New York City, thousands of young people are fundraising to build stronger, safer, permanent schools in Haiti as part of Students Rebuild. As the first anniversary of the earthquake approaches on January 12, Students Rebuild teams continue to build momentum to raise critical funds to help build 10 schools in Haiti that will serve nearly 2,000 children. This month, Students Rebuild partner Architecture for Humanity plans to break ground on the first four schools slated for reconstruction.
More than 100 student teams across 21 states and eight countries have raised $120,881 to date, which will be matched by the Bezos Family Foundation dollar for dollar, up to $2,500 per team. Countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Pakistan, and the U.S. On January 7 and 11, Global Nomads Group will connect youth live in Haiti and the U.S. for a special anniversary program.
Students Rebuild is a partnership between Architecture for Humanity, the Bezos Family Foundation and Global Nomads Group to mobilize middle and high schoolers around the world to raise money to rebuild schools in Haiti. The call to action meets an urgent need by tapping our most creative resource—young people—and connecting them to each other across continents and cultures.
But it’s much more than a fundraising effort. More than 1,880 students have become real partners in the sustained reconstruction effort. Global Nomads Group connects students through storytelling, interactive videoconference sessions, live webcasts from Haiti, video updates and blog posts to StudentsRebuild.org. Using a wide array of technology, students are learning first-hand how people can work together in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake to rebuild communities and lives.
"Although most girls had heard about the disaster in Haiti, few knew how to help," says Julia Enthoven, a senior at the Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. "The Students Rebuild program was an effective way to not just get involved but to establish an interpersonal relationship with students in different situations."
Youth-driven efforts have inspired stellar fundraising ideas:
Students Rebuild was founded in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. The first initiative, Students Rebuild: Haiti, combines a $500,000 matching grant from the Bezos Family Foundation with Architecture for Humanity’s international design and reconstruction expertise and Global Nomads Group’s worldwide network of students and educators to activate our most creative resource—young people.
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