WW Colombia 2018
W|W Colombia Program Report
July - December 2018
Thank you for your continued support of Wine To Water in Colombia!
Ana Maria Gonzalez was hired as the Field Coordinator in the Amazon region while Jhonny Anderson continues to lead as the W|W National Program Manager.
Thanks to the work of Jhonny and Ana Maria, the team was able monitor and assess filter utilization in more than four communities and provide training in the proper use of filters. We followed up on forty-two filters in four communities.
In the northern regions of Colombia, Jhonny visited 4 different communities in a very desert sector, including: Rancheria el Divi Divi, Santa Clara, Puerto Caracol, and Patsuamana. In partnership with Overseas Adventure Travel, 71 filters were distributed among all these communities.
Water User Committees
Community conversations on WaSH challenges and sustainable solutions were initiated in conjunction with the monitoring process. Eleven communities (San Juan de los Parentes, San Antonio, San Pedro, Chineria, Puerto Alegria, Macedonia, Puerto Narino, Nazareth, Ronda, Santa Rosa, Porto Alegre) decided to initiate educational processes on good practices in the use of water and hygiene. These 11 communities are each forming a committee of water users that allows W|W to have effective communication with communities and at the same time facilitate projects that are self sustainable through local management and resources.
Based on W|W models from other regions, Water User Committees became a voice in their communities to increase awareness of the people’s WaSH needs, increase local ownership, and gain input on WaSH solutions. The idea is that through ongoing meetings with WUC, we can develop projects that are community led that we can support. The programs will be heavily education focused, developing lessons with community health leaders focused on topics around Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation practices. After thorough training, we want to transition into community resilience programs where the people can self manage their finances and develop businesses to bring themselves out of poverty. This is the work and vision for where the Colombia program is headed.
Baseline surveys have been conducted in the communities of Macedonia, Santa Rosa, Puerto Narino, and Puerto Alegria to help our team make informed decisions for each individual community. Jhonny and Ana Maria will be completing surveys in additional communities in the coming months. After baseline surveys are completed and Water Use Committees are formed, communities will start an education program based on the Sawyer filter and water contamination.
Filter distributions will also be initiated once the community completes the filter training. The filter training will be the first of a number of trainings directed to help the communities learn proper WaSH behaviors.
Other Project Needs
While projects continue in the Amazon, W|W is keeping tabs on how we can help in the North. Jhonny assessed our ability to help Venezuelan refugees, after which we realized we cannot help them in a sustainable way at the moment, as many people are not in a central location for long periods of time. This makes monitoring and sustainability very difficult, so we will proceed to monitor the situation in the North.
Interactive Map & Impact Data
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Field Note #212: Passion’s Worth
When you step off the plane in Leticia, Colombia, the heat presses into you and then quickly surrounds you like a thick sweater. It always takes a few days to adjust to its weight. I’ve been traveling to the region, at least once per year, since 2014. The remote landscape and the clash of the old and new world have become familiar friends. Like good friends, they always challenge me to think differently and to lean into the wisdom of others.