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Back to school with the 10 Days: How unsafe water impacts education

It’s August, which means summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin. For most of us, this is an exciting time full of new friends, new school supplies, and new opportunities to learn and grow. But for many of our neighbors around the world, a lack of access to safe water prevents them from receiving a quality education. And education is crucial to escaping the cycle of poverty. In fact, just one additional year of schooling can earn individuals 10 percent higher wages in the long run.

Without safe water, children in developing countries get sick and have to miss class, or they spend the time they should be in school walking long distances to collect water for their home. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.

Easy access to safe water is the key to education.

To learn more about how water impacts education, check out this helpful article from Living Water International.

Here are some resources you can use to raise awareness in your community about the connection between safe water and education. Feel free to download these to share on social media:


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How one church raised $14,000 for safe water in Rwanda

While most 10 Days participants are college students, we welcome and encourage local churches to get involved, either by doing the 10 Days on their own or partnering with a university in their community. When students and churches work together to help end the water crisis, incredible things tend to happen.

A few years ago,

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10 Days 2016 Donor Report

As I look back on the 10 Days 2016, I’m filled with gratitude for every participant and donor who made it possible. Thanks to your creativity, passion, and commitment, we were able to help provide more people in Rwanda with safe water than ever before.

Inside this report you’ll find information about the water projects

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Day 10: The Final Day


You’ve made it to the final day of the 10 Days. You’re probably already planning on getting back to your regular morning coffee routine, swinging by Sonic’s happy hour after class, or chugging a Red Bull to fuel a late night study session. Yep, we’ve missed it too.

The 10 Days ends tomorrow, but the …

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Day 9: Share Your 10 Days Story

One of the coolest things about participating in the 10 Days is that you’re now part of a community of thousands of students from coast to coast who are united by a commitment to ending the water crisis.

This 10 Days has been the best one ever, and as we near the end (just 2 …

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Day 7: Stories of Hope in Rwanda


The 10 Days has been a part of Living Water’s work since 2010. In the past 6 years, we’ve seen wells drilled, lives changed, and communities blessed.

Last year, the 10 Days raised more than $70,000 for safe water projects, directly impacting at least 286 families in Rwanda.

We’ve been talking a lot about what …

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Day 5: We’re Halfway There


Congrats! You’ve made it to the halfway point. Go ahead, crank up some Bon Jovi and celebrate. We won’t judge. You’ve earned it.

Alright, now that you’ve got that out of your system, it’s time to finish strong.

At the heart of the 10 Days is the belief that thousands of small, everyday choices can …

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Day 4: Donate Today To Double Your Impact


Four days in! You still with us? Caffeine headaches kicking in? Yep, us too. Here’s some super exciting news to take your mind off that Starbucks you pass on your way to class.

A generous donor has agreed to match all of today’s 10 Days donations, dollar for dollar, up to $14,000.

How incredible is …

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Day 3: A Tragedy in Rwanda


During the 10 Days, we talk a lot about serving our neighbors in Rwanda. But out of the 663 million people in the world who live without safe water, why are we focusing specifically on Rwanda?

In 1994, Rwanda experienced Africa’s worst genocide in modern times. Estimates vary, but at least 500,000 people—and possibly more …

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