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Safe water: Beyoncé comes through for Burundi

No stranger to philanthropy, GRAMMY winner Beyoncé announced a new, meaningful commitment at the 2017 Essence Music Festival: to provide the children of Burundi, Africa, with safe drinking water.


Beyoncé and her BeyGood Foundation continue to work to provide clean water around the world, which previously included helping the residents of Flint, Mich., access safe water. Now Queen Bey is headed to the "heart of Africa," in the nation of Burundi, where nearly half the population lacks access to clean water.

Launched in partnership with UNICEF, the multiyear effort, BeyGood4Burundi, will provide new wells, sanitation and hygiene facilities in rural schools in four regions, including Bukemba, Giharo, Kinyinya, and Nyabitsinda.

"Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable," said UNICEF USA President/CEO Caryl M. Stern. "We are grateful to Beyoncé and BeyGOOD for joining forces with UNICEF to highlight this critical issue to new audiences."

"Access to water is a fundamental right," said Beyoncé. "When you give children clean and safe water, you don’t just give them life, you give them health, an education and a brighter future. I am committed to helping drive lasting solutions to the water crisis in Burundi."

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