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10 Days Field Report: Musenyi Community Well

It’s easy to feel like the 10 Days begins and ends in November. But for our neighbors in Rwanda, the exciting part of the 10 Days campaign—the well drilling, the clean wanter— doesn’t happen until months later.

When your roommate, your neighbor, or your friend has something worth celebrating, you probably celebrate with them. That’s what we do with people we care about! Today we’re celebrating with our Rwandan neighbors whose lives have been radically changed because students on the other side of the globe decided to make small, but eternally significant, sacrifices.

Here’s an update from the field that shows exactly where a portion of the money raised during the 10 Days 2014 ended up:

Musenyi Community

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Without a safe and accessible water source, the 80 families of Musenyi faced challenges no family should have to face. Diseases, such as malaria and respiratory infections, created difficulties that resulted in a domino effect of negatively impacting the education of the children and the employment opportunities of the adults.

This was the original water source for the Musenyi community:

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With funds raised from the 10 Days 2014, Living Water was able to drill a 25-meter-deep hand pump. The team also shared hygiene tips and created a five-person committee of local residents who will maintain the pump and spearhead any necessary repairs.

“Our water was from that stream over there,” says 28-year-old Umuranga Christine, pictured below. “I grew up here and I never expected to have clean water so soon.”

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The Musenyi community may feel far away, but these are our brothers and sisters, and today they’re drinking clean, safe water.

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Fear, Self-doubt, and Risk-taking: An Interview with Becky Murphy

If you’re thinking about getting your student organization, group of friends, church/campus ministry, or sorority/fraternity to participate in the 10 Days, your life is about to get a lot easier. In the next few days we’re going to start accepting orders for the 10 Days 2015 Leader Kit.

We’re thankful that you’re willing to lead …

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World Water Day: Behind-the-scenes look at our work in Rwanda

One of my favorite things about the 10 Days is getting the opportunity to interact with incredibly talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. Right now Doug and Kelsi Klembara are in Rwanda capturing stories about what the 10 Days has accomplished and seeing firsthand how important clean water is to these communities.

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Welcome to The Well (A manifesto, of sorts.)

In 2007, three friends went to a Derek Webb concert and learned that people around the world die every day because they don’t have access to clean drinking water—a privilege Americans often take for granted. Most people would feel sad about this for a few minutes, and then move on with their lives. These friends …

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