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WaterAid works in the remote region of La Guajira, where 9 in 10 people live in poverty.
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The crisis

Despite Colombia’s economic growth over the past decade, the preceding five decades of armed conflict, drug-trafficking, widespread corruption, internal displacement, and weak government institutions have marred progress and established disparities in access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene services (WASH).

Our approach

With the goal of reaching the poorest and most marginalized populations with access to WASH, WaterAid is focusing on the Department of La Guajira. WaterAid’s program builds on the foundation of Aguayuda, a small international NGO with significant expertise in the region-specific challenges and WASH solutions.

WaterAid is helping to improve and expand access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in La
Guajira by building and strengthening local capacity to operate and maintain sustainable and resilient WASH services.


In 2016, WaterAid partnered with Aguayuda to launch the WaterAid Colombia office. For over ten years, Aguayuda had been working in rural regions of Colombia to bring water and sanitation to the indigenous Wayúu population. Learn more about our work with Aguayuda.


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Aguayuda joins forces with WaterAid

WaterAid welcomes Aguayuda’s Colombia team to the global WaterAid family.
May 3, 2016
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A dream worth having:

Aguayuda works to fight the effects of drought in La Guajira.
Aug 17, 2015
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Eastern Shore brings clean water to Colombia

Aguayuda provides access to clean water to more than 10,000.
May 6, 2015