Y Kuaa: Supporting behaviour change and strengthening the WASH sector in Paraguay
Community short with pixelation and stop motion technique, developed through a remote social art process, during the covid-19 pandemic in Paraguay.
December 2020 | The Y Kuaa Project, executed by Fundacion Moises Bertoni, in collaboration with Senasa, won the "Reconocimiento ODS Paraguay 2020" award by the Pacto Global Paraguay, the Centro de Información y Recursos para el Desarrollo (CIRD), with the support of the European Union in Paraguay!
Y kuaa, which means “Water Wisdom” in the Guaraní language, is part of the Lazos de Agua Program. The project has been implemented by Fundación Moisés Bertoni along with SENASA, who was responsible for the Access component as part of the government's multi-million-dollar program. The project aimed to use Social Art for Behaviour Change to improve the sustainability of the WASH infrastructure being built in eleven designated Paraguay departments. Y kuaa has addressed challenges related to the management, maintenance, and sustainability of the water supply networks and sanitation units. Three artists’ groups have carried out the project’s Social Art for Behaviour Change (SABC) interventions: Jakairá, Crear en Libertad, and Tierra Nuestra.
- The aim of this project was to increase access to water and sanitation services that are safely and sustainably managed. As of June 2022, 59,211 people have received access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene services (WASH).
- This project has fostered key WASH-related behaviours through SABC interventions, including drinking water treatment and safe storage, handwashing with soap and water at key moments, and payment of the water and sanitation services tariffs. As of June 2022, 55,288 people have participated in SABC activities.
- Develop solutions tailored to the local socio-economic context to improve access to WASH, and strengthen local businesses in the sector. As of June 2022, 445 community members, water committee members and service providers have received training on micro-credits and financial planning.