EDO Group working with vulnerable mothers in La Guajira, Colombia

25.03.21

MMM associate member EDO Group sets up monitoring centre for research into social fragility of mothers.

The department of La Guajira in Colombia has always suffered an acute institutional, economic and social crisis. This has resulted in deteriorating governance capacities, numerous acts of corruption, high levels of poverty and poor and inadequate health and education systems. This has also meant very limited access to drinking water and basic sanitation systems.

The Edo Group, a non-governmental organisation working in the department of La Guajira, responds to the main socio-economic needs of Afro-Colombian and Wayuu mothers and their families in vulnerable situations.

A strong presence on the ground and concrete actions

Since last August, the Group has been delivering basic necessities as well as hygiene products to mothers in the Erapu community. The NGO has also addressed the needs of children by setting up an open-air family cinema, called “Children’s Night”.

In November, the Group stood by the mothers who saw their homes threatened by flooding caused by heavy winter rains.

The setting up a monitoring centre on the social fragility of mothers

The aim of this institution is to collect data on the social needs of mothers in Riohacha (300,000 inhabitants), the capital of the department of La Guajira (1,100,000 inhabitants).  The project is multi-layered but mainly serves to observe and analyse:

  1. The evolution of the organisational ecosystems energised by the mothers, of the different forms of violence suffered by the Guajira mothers and of their role in the district’s various economic sectors
  2. This research will make it possible to know, understand and make visible the importance of the role of women as mothers
  3. Surveys will be carried out from the most remote peripheral areas of the canton, through to the city centre

To find out more about the Edo Group’s work with mothers and daughters please visit their website: http://edogroup.com.co/

 

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