The Gazelle Foundation’s goals are to find ways to improve life for all people in Burundi. This is a unifying effort that does not favor a specific tribe or group.
A key challenge in Burundi is that financial gifts do not often get to where they are intended. We initially addressed this by providing a grant to a well-established relief organization in the country who was already providing tangible relief to their beneficiaries. Since the Songa Project, we have located a manager who has administered the last seven water systems. We are pleased to say that since 2010, one hundred percent of all donations go directly to our work thanks in part to a grant covering administrative needs. As a near all-volunteer organization, this practice makes best use of our limited personnel resources and simplifies the Foundation’s requirement to retain status as a tax-exempt organization.
Having a clear, succinct mission allows us to execute it effectively and provide tangible results to beneficiaries and our donors. The Foundation focuses its efforts in the following areas:
As a registered 501(c)(3), we want to be transparent as to where your donations are going. A key challenge to working in a third world country is ensuring that every dollar is used for it’s original purpose. To date, you have helped us allocate more than $800,000 to water systems in Burundi! As you can see below, it takes just $25 to provide a person with access to clean water for life.
To learn more about any individual project simply click on the name and you’ll be redirected to a new page with pictures, a map and additional details.
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In previous years the Gazelle Foundation has implemented its efforts through charitable relief organizations may choose to do so again in the future. However, since 2009 we have worked directly with the local population, eliminating any potential overhead and going directly to the citizens. Through this accessibility, the people of Songa, Burundi have seen a dramatic decline in the existence of waterborne illnesses, an increase in school attendance, and an overall positive change in life.
How We Do It:
Step 1 »» System is proposed by our project manager in conjunction with the local government administration.
Step 2 »» Gazelle Foundation reviews, seeking projects that will serve not just general population but infrastructure such as schools, medical facilities, and churches.
Step 3 »» Gazelle Foundation Board of Directors votes and approves funding.
Step 4 »» Legal agreement signed by project manager and Gazelle Foundation, outlining all details and expectations.
Step 5 »» Projects are divided into multiple payments based on the project team meeting specific milestones outlined in the agreement.
Step 6 »» Construction begins, utilizing local villagers for labor.
Step 7 »» After all construction completed, official hand off is signed between project manager and head government official, granting all rights to the system to the people!
The systems we construct become property of the citizens of the villages, helping foster true ownership as well as the understanding that they must maintain the tanks and tap stands.
Austin Area Youth
The Foundation’s initial plans were to encourage youth participation in running events by lowering the barriers to entry. Our goal was to allow more kids to experience Kids K or 5K races and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes through participation, completion and physical fitness. By subsidizing the cost of entry fees for select events, the Foundation can significantly reduce or remove a financial barrier for many families and encourage a healthy, rewarding lifestyle. From 2008 to 2011, the Foundation has sponsored kids in the Dillo Run, St. Johns 5K, Run for the Water, Allison Elementary Running Program and Gilbert Tuhabonye’s Youth Summer Camp.
In 2012 we began a partnership with local non-profit A Legacy of Giving to hold Walk for the Water, a spring event with thousands of kids from more than 30 Austin public and private schools. During the spring school semester, students are taught curriculum that features statistics and detail on the plight of the water situation in Burundi. In April they come together for a one-day walk, raising awareness and funds to help change lives through the Gazelle Foundation. Over three years these students raised $66,000+ – an astonishing effort!
If you are interested in having a member of the Foundation come and speak to your class or organization, let us know! We have a very educational program to share and educate.