Vulnerable rural communities have restricted access to water; we are working with them to change this.
of Colombia's rural population doesn't have access to sanitation facilities.
Only 75% of those living in rural areas in Colombia have access to an improved water supply
30% of the population La Guajira lives in extreme poverty
Despite Colombia's economic growth over the past decade, there is inequality in access to water, sanitation and hygiene, particularly in rural areas.
Decades of armed conflict,
drug-trafficking, widespread corruption, internal
displacement, and weak government institutions have
marred progress and established disparities in access
to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene services (WASH).
Colombia, national averages indicate that 97% of the
population has access to improved drinking water and
85% has improved sanitation, but a closer look at the
rural population reveals a different story; only 68% use
improved sanitation facilities and only 75% have access
to an improved water supply.
With the goal of reaching the poorest and most
marginalized populations with access to WASH,
WaterAid is focusing on the Department of La
Guajira. WaterAid’s program builds on the foundation
of Aguayuda, a small international NGO with
significant expertise in the region-specific challenges and WASH solutions.
WaterAid is helping to improve and expand access
to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in La
Guajira by building and strengthening local capacity
to operate and maintain sustainable and resilient
WASH services. In Colombia, WaterAid will:
1. Train local people to adopt, install and maintain
water supply systems based on windmill, hand,
and solar-driven pumps, and water storage tanks. Training is adapted
to local culture and provided in both Spanish and
the indigenous Wayúunaiki language.
2. Implement and experiment with technologies,
methodologies and practices that have proven to
be successful in similar conditions in other countries
where WaterAid works.
3. Organize a water committee for each community
to ensure the sustainability of WASH solutions. Water committees are trained
to install, maintain, and operate waterpoints.
4. Strengthen coordination and promote
opportunities to improve service provision by
engaging established actors and networks at the
local, national and regional level in joint efforts.
5. Address the effects of climate change on water
security. WaterAid encourages communities to conserve their environment and ensure resilient water sources.