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Y Kuaa: Supporting behaviour change and strengthening the WASH sector in Paraguay

The Y Kuaa Project has improved safe access to water and sanitation services for 87 rural communities and 5 small cities in Paraguay.

A Lazos de Agua Project

32,100
Targeted population
5 years
2017 to 2022
San Pedro, Concepción, Caaguazú, Guairá, Cordillera, Paraguarí, Itapúa, Alto Paraná, Canindeyu, Misiones, and Caazapá
Paraguay
US$32.59M
Budget
Completed

Award

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!

Reconocimiento ODS Paraguay 2020
Partners involved
One Drop thanks its partners in the Lazos de Agua Program: the Inter-American Development Bank, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Fundación FEMSA — as well as Fundación Moisés Bertoni, the project’s executing partner, and Servicio Nacional de Saneamiento Ambiental de Paraguay (SENASA), Japan Special Poverty Reduction Fund, IDB Lab and the Spanish Cooperation — for making this life-changing project possible!
Our key strategies

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.

A·B·C for Sustainability

Access

  • 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).

Behaviour change

  • 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.

Capital

  • 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.
Our unique approach
SABC in times of Covid-19 | Y Kuaa Project, Paraguay
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Results as of June 2022

45,076 people

have received access to WASH services as well as participated in SABC activities

87 community water systems

have been built or improved

762 women & 511 men,

with a high participation of young people, have been trained as Leaders of Change.

More than 3,111 members

of water and sanitation committees were trained on administration, financial management and governance, and/or operation and water maintenance, sanitation and/or hygiene systems.
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