Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The dwellers of the city Las Aguas relied on the municipality to solve problems such as health, routes and public services. The city only had one river to supply its 500,000 dwellers for water, farmers were slowly clearing the basin, entrepreneurs were drawing its sand, stones and even gold from its shores, and the river began to dry. When the city ran out of water, they blamed the municipality, but just issuing a decree it failed to sprout water from the river. A dweller took the initiative, raising awareness in farmers who stopped deforesting the basin, entrepreneurs from exploiting minerals, and all the dwellers of Las Aguas, began to plant many trees and take care of them. Soon, the water returned in abundance to peasants and city-wide.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
The city of Neiva has more than 500,000 inhabitants, and has only one water source that supplies water to the entire city. As a result of the indiscriminate felling of trees, poor agricultural practices and the effects of climate change, the flow of the River in the last 5 years has diminished by 30% threatening with its total drought. Although the State entities have executed projects, they have not been effective. Through the video game we aim to raise environmental awareness, achieving children, youth, adults, businesses and entities to adopt trees to reforest the basin of the River, which Bosques Vivos Foundation will plant and care for 5 years, until they are self-sustainable. Until today we have achieved that the Foundation enters in a gratuitous loan agreement with the Municipality for the grounds of the basin that will be operated with the planting of trees.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
It is a comprehensive strategy for joining efforts among state institutions, entrepreneurs, education sectors, media and the community. The video game is a tool that allows to create environmental awareness. Employers adopting trees will profit from tax spurs, the foundation, to plant and care for trees people from demobilized armed groups will be hired after negotiations being conducted between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrillas in Cuba. It is a project that links all social actors and seeks to solve a problem affecting all everyone in the city, namely, the scarcity of water