Education for water protection in Colombia


Colombian water is in danger

Water in Colombia is being contaminated at an alarming rate. In 2010, a report by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) named Colombia among the top 9 countries that had 60% of the Earth’s freshwater reserves; five years later, in 2015, Colombia had fallen to 24th in the list. Despite high annual rainfall, the Colombian Ministry of the Environment estimates that 50 % of the country’s freshwater reserves have quality issues.

The IDEAM (Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies of Colombia) has rang the alarm: If we don’t act now, by the year 2020, 69% of Colombians will be at high risk of no access to clean water during drought periods.


Let's protect water...

The good news is that we still have time to act. SieNi is a non-profit organization that works both to educate communities to conserve water and to guide public policy on water issues in Colombia.

Our name is inspired by the wisdom of Colombian indigenous peoples: "Sie" is the goddess of water in the Muisca mythology; "Ni" means water in Kogui.

...with the children's help

Children are the key players in our educational project. SieNi empowers them to learn to protect their fresh water supplies and to become agents of social change in their communities.