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ASIR-SABA results: for access to water, rural sanitation and peace building in Colombia

Since 2015, ASIR-SABA has positioned itself as a model that seeks to strengthen community water management processes in Colombia. In 2017 the Swiss Embassy - Humanitarian Aid and Development (COSUDE) started the second phase and together with community water leaders have cooperated, strengthened their capacities and contributed to more rural households having access to water. This road has encouraged the implementation of a third phase because the process has contributed to building peace in territories where violence still persists.

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ASIR-SABA trained 72 people from rural communities and institutions in sustainable rural water and sanitation management

Within the framework of capacity building and in partnership with the Pan American Development Foundation - PADF and the University of Cauca, a diploma course was held: "Sustainable Management of Rural Water and Sanitation". The diploma course was held between January 17 and April 15, 2020 with a total of 72 participants from local, community and institutional organizations from different municipalities such as Popayán, Cali, Caloto, Santander de Quilichao and Corinto.

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Health education in Buenaventura and Corinto: for the care of water, environment and life

The limited access to drinking water in rural Colombia and the health problems arising from this situation were the main reasons for designing a health education strategy within the framework of the ASIR-SABA project. The strategy was implemented in conjunction with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the aim was to improve the quality of life in the rural communities of Buenaventura and Corinto.

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"Water that transforms": a commitment to community water management processes

The Embassy of Switzerland - Humanitarian Aid and Development (COSUDE) together with the Corporation for Research and Social and Economic Action (CIASE) launched, in the framework of the ASIR-SABA project, a Battery of Indicators and a Toolbox that contribute to understanding the processes of community management of water and basic sanitation and their impact on territorial development, peace building, social inclusion and gender equality.

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5th Latin American Conference on Sanitation: High-impact dialogues for access to safe water

At the Latin American Sanitation Conference -LATINOSAN-, Costa Rica opened its doors to receive more than 1300 people from 30 Latin American countries. The conference was a space for dialogue on behalf of rural and urban inhabitants living in precarious situations given the limited access to drinking water in several peripheral territories of Latin American countries.

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The reality of water access in rural Colombia

The outlook for water in rural Colombia is discouraging, at least 3 million people living in the Colombian countryside (11,653,673 people) do not have access to basic drinking water services, and more than half are without aqueducts and sewers.

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ASIR SABA the water project that seeks to generate peace in rural Colombia

The ASIR SABA Rural Water and Sanitation proposal, led by the Swiss Embassy in Colombia, Humanitarian Aid and Development - (COSUDE), seeks to promote sustainable development actions in the water and sanitation sector, in articulation with some communities in territories that do not have water services suitable for human consumption, so that, jointly, peace is built in the territories and a society of opportunities is promoted to close social gaps.

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Painting the ASIR-SABA project communications

In addition to strengthening the capacity of the communities, the national team of the project was working to strengthen the communication capacities for a successful implementation, this in the constant need to intervene, participate, dialogue and interact from the action without damage. The communities are the center of this project and that is why communication is rescued as a bridge that allows relationships in the exchange of knowledge to strengthen the processes.

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