Colombia has made great advances in securing peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) thereby improving the prospects for peace and stabilization of the country’s economy.
Still, 36% of the rural population and 15.7% of the urban population live below the poverty line. In rural areas 14% of the population has no access to improved water sources and 28% lack improved sanitation.
Studies have shown that access to clean water is crucial to poverty reduction and good health. Colombia is one of the most water-rich countries in Latin America but pollution, inadequate infrastructure, unequal distribution of water resources, and variability in annual rainfall make access to water uncertain for many.
WEFTA engineers have worked in Colombia since 2008 in collaboration with other international and national NGOs to address water and sanitation problems by facilitating the construction of latrines and water systems.
Every time we send a crew on a trip to either help or assess a community, we ask our volunteers to write a Trip Report that details the trip through their eyes. These documents will give you both a look into what it is like being a volunteer and a first-hand perspective on our efforts to help communities.
Area: 1,138,910 sq. km.
Population: 47,698,524 (July 2017)
Regions: Andes Mountains, eastern lowland plains (Llanos), central highlands, coastal lowlands
Water & Health
Since 2002, WEFTA has been connecting donors, engineers, and communities in Latin America and Africa, all with the common goal of ensuring access to clean drinking water for everyone.
Sanitation & Environment
WEFTA engineers help communities make sound decisions and facilitate the dialog leading to the development of solutions for inadequate sewage treatment, and its associated environmental impacts.
Development & Sustainability
WEFTA volunteers work with the communities we partner with to develop the local skills needed to maintain and manage the water and wastewater systems constructed.