The Well Blog

10 Days 2015 Update: Safe Water for 286 Families

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.

Read More

10 Faith And Justice Books You Should Read This Summer

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work (10 of 10)

My favorite thing to do every summer is make a list of the books I hope to read before school starts up again. But there are so many books to choose from, and determining which ones are worth your time can be difficult. Here’s a list of 10 books about faith, justice, calling, and activism …

Read More

Learning How To Tend Your Garden

La Paz, Bolivia, is a vibrant city full of colorful textiles, bustling streets, craggy mountainsides, and a rich culture. A city contrasted by high rises and shanty towns. A city pulsing with light and darkness.

There is a dark underbelly to life in La Paz: the plague of sexual violence that runs rampant throughout this

Read More

Social Justice is Boring


I hate to break it to you, but social justice is boring.

The emotional cataclysm you feel at that Christian conference as the band plays the same four chords over and over might only happen once or twice if you decide to pursue a career in justice work. The steely resolve you are forming as

Read More

The Final Day: Walking Through Samaria

Today we’re sharing thoughts from the co-founder of the 10 Days, Henry Proegler.

Collecting water in Nyurukizi village.

I have to be honest: I wasn’t looking forward to doing the 10 Days this year. I really didn’t want to do it. My reasons were self-centered. Mainly, I just didn’t want to stop drinking coffee. But I did it anyway, and

Read More

Get To Know Ruhango

Photography by Doug Klembara. Words by Kelsi Klembara

Day 3 of the 10 Days


In the southeastern hills of Ruhango District lies a stone mountain named after one of the earliest and most memorable Rwandan kings, Ruganzu. Climb to the top of the mountain on a clear day, and you feel like you …

Read More

Meet Your Neighbors: Karol, the guardian of the well

Day 1 of the 10 Days


As you approach the water well in Nyurukizi village, you’ll see a tall, lean man wearing a puffy red vest. Surrounding the man and the well is a lush garden full of blossoms and vibrant greens. You will observe him either mid-conversation with someone from the village—a bright, yellow …

Read More
Page 1 of 5