Clean drinking water is a basic need, not a privilege. It is on this principle that Beyoncé is taking action to bring clean water to children in Africa via a new partnership with UNICEF.
According to HuffPost, the singer launched BEYGOOD4BURUNDI with UNICEF in order to supply children in the country with the potable water they need to survive and thrive. Described as a “multi-year partnership,” HuffPost reports that the project aims to ” improve the quality of and access to water in some of the hardest-to-reach areas of a country, where nearly half of the population struggles to find a supply of safe water.”
With BEYGOOD4BURUNDI sharing that 2.3 million people in Burundi spending at least 30 minutes a day retrieving water in the densely-populated area, the initiative is certainly much needed. President and CEO of UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern said in a statement that the partnership will not only work to remedy a pressing issue, it will also demonstrate the power of collaboration.
“Addressing the global water crisis is one of the defining challenges of our time, and the children of Burundi are among the most vulnerable,” she said, according to HuffPost. “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.”