The BCC Water Network has worked primarily with COBAGUAL (Cooperacion-Boliviana Para Agua Limpia – Bolivian Cooperation for Clean Water), which works in rural and semi-urban communities in Guarayos, a region in the eastern department of Santa Cruz. Up to this point COBAGUAL has focused on installing BioSand filters and providing training sessions on improved hygiene practices and proper household water treatment.
With the support of BCC Water Network, COBAGUAL has installed more than 490 filters providing over 2900 people with improved drinking water and hygiene training since April 2007. COBAGUAL requires that community members contribute to their projects through providing labour during filter construction, and paying for a portion of the materials needed in the project in addition to participating in training workshops.
Since its inception, COBAGUAL has sought to coordinate closely with local governments, and has been successful in obtaining free access to a worksite and transportation for manufactured filters to the homes of filter users in semi-urban areas.
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We also work with Jaraña, an organization that focuses on water supply and water quality issues in the arid highland region of Oruro. Jaraña has worked with rural indigenous communities for more than 10 years training them on water well construction, irrigation techniques, BioSand Filters, and improved agricultural practices to increase food security and help adjust to the effects of climate change.
Jaraña’s team of indigenous professionals is very knowledgeable of the local customs in the areas where they work and highly successful at enlisting the help of local governments and community members in all stages of their projects.
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