W|W Colombia Origins

Jhonny, Jonatan, and Gonzalo grew up in the Amazonion region of Colombia.

Here, at the southern border of Colombia, where the Amazon River connects the country to Brazil and Peru, poverty is widespread and basic necessities are hard to come by. The three boys grew up in this region because their parents worked with missionaries and local governments to improve the poor conditions of the area. In adulthood, Jonatan and Gonzalo started their own well drilling organization, and returned to the area to help the people of the region access water.

One year, W|W Founder Doc just needed a short break, so he took a personal trip to Bogota, Colombia. On this trip, and entirely by chance, Doc met Jhonny. Through casual conversation, it came up that Jhonny's brother Jonatan and his cousin Gonzalo owned a drill rig! From that happenstance connection, Doc learned of the need for water in Colombia and the work that Jonatan and Gonzalo were doing. Wine To Water then began funding their well drillings, and eventually expanded the scope of projects into well rehabilitations and filter distributions. Jhonny is now the National Program Manager of Wine To Water Colombia.


What does W|W do in Colombia?

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In the Amazonian region of Colombia where Wine To Water primarily works, many wells have been drilled, but have since broken down or been made inaccessible by flooding. Since Wine To Water Colombia's inception, then, our primary focus has been to rehabilitate these wells so that they are accessible year-round, and durable for many years to come. In the past five years, Wine To Water has helped more than 18,000 people in Colombia access clean water. Currently, we are repairing 49 wells in more than 20 communities and providing sanitation and hygiene education to the members of those communities. While expanding the well rehabilitation process even further beyond these communities, we are introducing Sawyer Filters to households, and keeping a steady focus on educating people in the region on sanitation and hygiene. This education is what truly lays the foundation of sustainability, propagating clean water knowledge for future generations.

Meet Our Team in Colombia

 
Jhonny Anderson   National Program Manager

Jhonny Anderson

National Program Manager

Ana María Gonzalez   International Fellow

Ana María Gonzalez

International Fellow

 

Explore Our Work in Colombia

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Field Notes from Colombia