Did you know that the consumption of contaminated raw water is the cause of most of the health problems of the population, such as gastrointestinal diseases, parasites and others?
In order to carry out actions that contribute to improving the conditions of access to drinking water and sanitation, Give to Colombia in the search for alternatives to address this problem decided to participate in an innovative model that allows access to drinking water and basic sanitation to communities rural areas, through the creation of small cooperatives of public services.
To carry out this project, the municipality of Guachené was selected, located in the Department of Cauca-Colombia, as it is one of the most important regions in the western part of the country because it occupies a strategic position considering economic, political and social for the development of the south west of the country.
Despite its territorial capacities, it is one of the regions with the highest concentration of poverty and numerous social conflicts, which respond to the degradation of the armed conflict, the political class, unemployment, among others. According to national statistics, the rates of unsatisfied basic needs are very high, which is why Give to Colombia together with the Monsanto Foundation have bet on this project.
The project has managed to impact 100 peasant families who improved their living conditions, these families are in serious poverty and low levels of literacy. Their economic activities respond to agriculture.
In their homes they consume contaminated water that comes from the regional aqueduct or from wells located near wells to dispose of human excreta. Likewise, they do not have access to a toilet with a sewer connection and use latrines and septic tanks. The consumption of contaminated raw water is the cause of most of the health problems of this population, such as gastrointestinal diseases, parasites and others.
Under this scenario, Give to Colombia and the Monsanto Foundation, designed and built basic sanitary infrastructure (toilet, shower, sink, multifunctional laundry and dishwasher) for 100 peasant families. In addition to a cooperative of public services to maintain the infrastructure of drinking water and basic sanitation, accompanied by awareness campaigns on the importance of adequate consumption of drinking water, through the participatory transformation methodology in water, sanitation and hygiene (PHAST in English).