BeyGOOD / UNICEF Initiative
CHIME FOR CHANGE is a proud founding partner of the BEYGOOD4BURUNDI initiative. This is a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi, known as the Heart of Africa.
It was born in 2017 when Beyoncé Knowles-Carter partnered with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm. We are honoured to support.
In 2017, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter partnered with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to launch BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi, which is known as the “Heart of Africa”.
This is a crucial issue. Globally, girls and women spend around 200 million hours every day gathering water. Without water close to home, girls across Burundi often miss out on a chance to go to school because they are walking long distances to collect water.
The journey is not always safe, and many girls are at risk of attack. When girls don’t have to walk for hours to collect safe water, they are able to go to school.
When that school has clean toilets, they don’t have to skip class when they have their period. For many girls, access to safe water and basic toilets is the foundation for equality.
GUCCI & UNICEF TEAM UP FOR THE NYC MARATHON
Gucci and the UNICEF came together to run the 2018 NYC Marathon and committed to raise funds for BEYGOOD4BURUNDI. The project in partnership with Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE was established with Beyoncé and UNICEF USA in 2017 to bring clean, safe water to Burundi, through the “Heart of Africa” program.The charity aims to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation, where nearly half the population has no access to safe water.
Through an internal contest, Gucci selected 15 of its employees around the world who traveled to New York and got exclusive access to special trainings sessions in order to prepare for this special occasion and run together with the UNICEF runners team.
The Gucci team ran 42.195 km through the five boroughs of NYC and raised more than $75,000 to support the building of water supply systems for health care facilities and schools, the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts in Burundi.