WW Colombia 2019

 

W|W Colombia Program Report

Redefining Strategy

January - June 2018

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January through June has been a period of investment in our W|W team members and redefining our strategy in Colombia. In January, W|W HQ trained and empowered our team by providing a variety of program management tools, and filter implementation training. Our Gantt Chart is one specific tool that has helped us become more in sync with how we address work done in each community. W|W Colombia has decided that filters are a gateway to future programs in Amazon communities, and they can provide immediate access to clean water. Now following a scheduled program workflow, we have been able to reach a total of 16 communities over the past six months benefitting 1,823 people.

Challenges:

  • Combating handout mentality fostered by other non-profits in the region

  • Lack of community leadership

  • Low staffing capacity 

  • Filter shipment delays due to delays domestically and internationally

Developments Outside the Amazon

With a growing network of filter partners, Jhonny has been helping W|W HQ develop an online Filter Training Program. This training will be a tool Jhonny can use as he expands our partner network in Colombia and other areas in Latin America. Through these new filter partner relations, the office was able to distribute 25 filters to community leaders in Venezuela. As this political crisis is ongoing, W|W will continue to seek opportunities to provide support.

One thousand filters have already made it into Colombia. The filters will be distributed to local partners in Colombia and in South America. Jhonny has already been able to equip a local organization with 104 filters working in the east called Amigos de Andagoya. They were able to impact 450 people. Filters will continue to be distributed to communities in the Amazon, along the Venezuelan border, and put into the hands of local partners.

Staff Developments

The team was able to identify a new office location, which adds more space for W|W Colombia to operate. This will allow Jhonny to travel to the Amazon more frequently, and it will help in managing upcoming filter partners. Managing these relationships is crucial, and possibly adding another team member to network, train, and execute the vision will push W|W Colombia to grow. In May, Ana Maria attended a WASH conference in Bogota where they met other implementers in Colombia. The training was not only helpful for making our programs better, but it helps W|W Colombia network with like minded organizations fighting the water crisis.

Interactive Map & Impact Data

Click through the interactive map below to view impact and see the Filter Program activity from January - June 2019.

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A Glimpse into the Field

THANK YOU!

We are grateful for your continued support! 

 
Matt Wagoner