Last year 1,138 college students from 17 different universities participated in the 10 Days and raised $71,386 for clean water. Today we have some exciting news to report from Rwanda.
The 10 Days 2015 campaign funded water projects that will benefit 286 families.
For the communities blessed by these projects (Remera 1, Remera 2, Ngurukizi 2, and Bugarama), drawing water from devastatingly unsafe sources was a daily reality. “Water is a big challenge for everyone in Remera,” shared 42-year-old farmer, Nyirabarinda Francine. “We have a spring that we rely on for clean water. . . . Sometimes there is a little water coming from it, and we go to swamps to get any water for household use.”
Without safe water sources, the community was vulnerable to malaria, chronic respiratory infections, and typhoid. Their options to get clean, safe water on a regular basis were nonexistent. Every day they faced choices no human should have to make. “…We used water from swamps where pigs are being reared as well,” said Murebwayire Belansile.
When kids got sick, they lost hours that could’ve been spent in school. When parents were ill, they lost opportunities to work and earn an income for their families. Every cup of dirty water kept the families stuck in a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
With the money from the 10 Days, the field team was able to work with local leaders in Rwanda to determine the best drill sites for these communities. Throughout the drilling process, the communities assisted with labor, provided security to protect the equipment, and gathered local resources to use for the construction.…