More than 4 millions homes in rural Colombia do not have access to potable water and sanitation. In March of 2012, Give To Colombia was selected by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to carry out a $2 million pilot project entitled “Comprehensive Models of Access to Water and Sanitation in the Rural Areas of Colombia.”
Since then, Give to Colombia has successfully implemented three scalable and sustainable pilot programs throughout the country, some of which are being replicated in other countries of Latin America such as El Salvador. These projects have provided water and sanitation solutions for thousands of individuals in our region. In Colombia, in the department of Magdalena, Give To Colombia has provided hygiene education, as well as potable water and infrastructure, for 25 rural schools, reaching nearly 4,000 students and their families. In Guachené (Valle de Cauca), we are working alongside the rural dispersed community to build sanitary installations and clean water services.
In Cañasgordas (Antioquia), we have developed a sustainable model that has already allowed 206 families living in peri- urban areas to obtain potable water through an innovative, financially inclusive model for the community and the local companies. This last project won the award for the Most Innovative Water & Sanitation Project in Latin America and the Caribbean by BID-FEMSA in October 2014: Give To Colombia wins BID-FEMSA award.
Inspired by this last award-winning project, Give To Colombia in partnership with Good World Games decided to develop an entertaining and educational mobile game that raises awareness for the importance of waterand problems facing low-income rural communities in Latin America.