The US and the Colombian NGO “Give to Colombia” will implement several innovative models to provide rural water and sanitation with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pepsico Foundation, the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Austria, and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.
Bogotá – Colombia and the US charity “Dar a Colombia” (G2C) have launched a multi-million dollar project to help provide clean water and sewage sanitation in Colombia.
According to the national department of administrative statistics of Colombia (Census DANE 2005), in rural areas of Colombia, the coverage of the water service was around 45% and the sewerage coverage 16.8%.
The first G2C projects will seek to produce models for the formulation of a drinking water supply management program on a large scale and in rural areas. The program is being financed with the help of a loan from an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for $ 60 million to the Colombian government for activities to be carried out in rural areas in the departments of the Cauca departments.
AQUAFUND will provide funding for the pilot projects. The Program was supported with funds from the IDB, the Pepsico Foundation, the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Austria, and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.
The cost of the pilot projects is estimated at $ 2.1 million, and will be executed by giving to Colombia (G2C), which falls to the Embassy of Japan and the General Electric Foundation. In addition, PepsiCo Colombia provides key resources to implement the strategy to disseminate the projects.
Dar a Colombia, headed by Angela Maria Tafur by Boat, is a US charity that strives to increase the flow of international donations in Colombia, channel funds to organizations that serve the newer sectors of Colombian society. (demobilized and disabled) in three main areas: Education, health and economic development.
The project will focus primarily on sanitation infrastructure, technical support for community water systems, and sanitation improvements within households in peri-urban areas of the country. The components of the project are:
School water, sanitation and hygiene promotion
This component will finance the design of the Swash program to improve access to basic water supply and sanitation services in at least 25 rural schools and implement a comprehensive hygiene promotion program to reach approximately 2,500 students in those schools.
The component will be carried out in the Department of Magdalena and Bolívar.
The specific objectives are:
Post-construction support and sustainability of rural water projects.
Despite continued large-scale investments in water and sanitation infrastructure, there is widespread evidence to suggest that, after the number of years of operation, many rural systems will face a variety of problems, including: technical failures, financial challenges, or management. Given that in Colombia there is no coherent public policy to promote post-construction support models that are scalable, administratively efficient, and technically, this initiative will seek to provide an in-depth study to develop a viable and high-impact model that can produce recommendations for Public policies on post-construction support for rural water projects.
The specific objectives of this component are: