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 than 1 million people—were killed. The genocide destroyed the already fragile economy, severely impoverished the population (women in particular), and eroded the country’s ability to attract both private and external investments.

On the way to Ruwenzi village in Ruhango.

Since then, Rwanda has made many promising developments, but poverty is still widespread, and many people lack access to safe water and hygiene. Diarrhea is among the top ten leading causes of infant morbidity. In the two regions where Living Water is focusing its work—Ruhango and Nyanza—about 45% of people lack access to safe water.

Many women, like Philomene, a mother of five, collect water from streams that have been bathed in and walked through.

Philomene collects water at her community's only water source - a small and polluted stream.

“This water has effects on us,” Philomene says. “It causes worms, parasites and diaharrea.”

In the poorer areas of Rwanda, children die from preventable waterborne diseases, businesses fail, and the cycle of poverty continues. Without clean water, there is no hope of flourishing.

This is why we do the 10 Days—to help women like Philomene and the communities in need. Every time you drink water today, take a moment to remember and pray for our neighbors in the Ruhango and Nyanza districts of Rwanda. 

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