Central Texas Students Raise Funds for Clean Water


Walk for the Water teaches youth compassion while providing clean drinking water to more than 1,500 people in Burundi, Africa

Austin, Texas June 5, 2013A Legacy of Giving, a nonprofit that teaches students the value of philanthropy as part of their school curriculum, hosted the second Walk for the Water to benefit the Gazelle Foundation. Organized to demonstrate an act of philanthropy, the event reinforces for students Legacy’s proprietary curriculum about the lack of global access to clean water. The students walked a 3.7 mile course which represents the average one-way distance children in developing countries must walk every day to access drinkable water. One thousand students from 30 Austin area public and private schools and 100 volunteers in the Legacy Program participated in the event, raising $32,723 to build a new, clean water system in the Songa region of Burundi, Africa.

“There was tremendous enthusiasm during the youth philanthropy event, as about 450 more students participated in Walk for the Water this year,” said Linda Brucker, executive director of A Legacy of Giving. “More money was raised this year, which means Gazelle Foundation can help provide communities without water the systems they lack.  Students from elementary through high school really internalized how they can help make a difference where there is a need.”

Throughout the spring semester, more than 8,000 students in A Legacy of Giving’s program advocated to raise awareness of the lack of access to clean water worldwide. Through STAAR-aligned curriculum inside the classroom, the students focused on the social concern of water scarcity and learned about conditions surrounding global access to clean water, key historical philanthropists, and the idea of advocacy. 

Gilbert Tuhabonye, co-founder of the Gazelle Foundation and native of Burundi, spoke on the major impact the students’ contributions are having on the people of that region.

“As a result of student efforts, more than 1,500 people in my home country of Burundi, Africa will now have clean water for life,” said Tuhabonye. “That is a wonderful thing for those communities.”

One hundred percent of student collections were donated to The Gazelle Foundation.

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About A Legacy of Giving

Founded in 2007 under the umbrella of the Austin Community Foundation, A Legacy of Giving advanced its mission to empower children through philanthropy education to become more engaged in improving their communities and world.  A Legacy of Giving believes that if children learn to be compassionate at the earliest ages, they will continue to be engaged in their communities and offer their gifts of time, treasure, and talent as adults.  A Legacy of Giving empowers students to take action in their communities by offering them well-planned, hands-on, real-life projects.  The vision of A Legacy of Giving is to grow a generation of givers.

About Gazelle Foundation

Co-founded in 2006 by Tuhabonye, the Gazelle Foundation constructs clean water systems in his home country. As of May 2013, they have provided access to fresh drinking water for more than 20,000 citizens. One of the poorest countries in the world, one in five children do not live past the age of five because of waterborne illnesses. Providing clean water is an answer to a basic need for human life, and has improved hygiene, school attendance, and overall health of the population.



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