What is 10 days?

The 10 Days was started in 2007 by three college students who wanted their friends to see that together they could change the world. Today, participants from across the United States come together to give up every beverage but water from Nov. 6th - Nov. 15th and donate what they save to providing Rwandans with clean water.

what is the goal?

The purpose of 10 Days is:

1. Challenge students to think about how their choices matter.

2. Provide our neighbors in Ruhango with access to safe sustainable water.

why water?

Water affects everything. A community’s safety, sanitation, health, poverty, and education are all negatively impacted by the absence of clean water. And for us, it’s also a spiritual issue.

Water
= Safety

Many women spend 20 hours per week collecting water. Sometimes they walk up to 7 miles a day to fetch contaminated water. The walk is often dangerous. It is women and the children they raise who suffer most without water and who benefit most from access to it.

Water
= Health

Water-related diseases cause 2.2 million deaths a year; every day, diarrhea takes the lives of 2,000 children in Africa more than any other single cause of death. Safe water, a toilet, and clean hands could prevent 90% of these deaths.

Water
= Education

Globally, water-related diseases steal 443 million school days a year. Roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm stunt growth, cause debilitating anemia, and follow kids into the classroom, shrinking cognitive potential. Illness causes absenteeism and early drop out. Simple solutions can keep kids in school.

Water
= The Gospel

There's hope. In the past 20 years 2 billion people have gained access to safe drinking water but that's not the best story we have to tell. For us water is a picture of living water the good news that God wants to transform people, communities, and the whole world through the person of Jesus Christ.

663 Million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water.

That's 1 in 11 of us. In the places we work, it's more like 1 in 2.

How we implement wells

  • Step 2:
    Health & Hygiene

    Meet Frank!

    Frank is in charge of making sure the water from each pump is safe to drink. In addition to performing water quality analyses...

  • Step 3:
    Sustainability

    Meet Phillip!

    Community engagement is a key component in the well project process. Phillip Rukamba, the community engagement coordinator...

  • Step 4:
    Church Mobilization

    Meet Melchizedek!

    As the Church Mobilization Coordinator, Melchizedek, also known as Pastor, strives to spiritually enrich...

  • Step 1:
    Water Solutions

    Meet Moses!

    Moses first started working for Living Water Kenya in 2005 and in 2009 he joined the Living Water Rwanda team as the Project Coordinator...

working in ruhango

The Ruhango District is located in the Southern Province of Rwanda. It's about 242 square miles and is home to more than 300,000 people. All funds raised from 10 Days go to funding Living Water International's ongoing work in this area.