Presentation of the results of the pilot of community actions projects at the Catholic University of Colombia

In previous days, at the Catholic University of Colombia, the Extension Committee was held, which is composed of the coordinators of the different programs and departments of the university and all the staff of the institution linked to the Extension.

In this space, the main results of the two community action projects were presented which were worked on the ERASMUS – IMPALA impact assessment, in the territorial program YOMASA :

Project 1: Fortalecimiento ciudadano al servicio de transformaciones personales, familiares y comunitarias, hacia la convivencia de los microterritorios participantes de la Unidad de Planeamiento Zonal 57 Gran Yomasa (entre los años 2016 y 2020). Citizen strengthening at the service of personal, family and community transformations towards the coexistence of the participating micro-territories of the Unit of Zonal Planning 57 Gran Yomasa between 2016 and 2020.

Project 2: Construcción de cultura y conciencia medioambiental (con niños y jóvenes en algunos sectores de la Unidad de Planeamiento Zonal 57 Gran Yomasa entre los años 2016 y 2020.) Construction of culture and environmental awareness with children and young people in some sectors of the Zonal Planning Unit 57 Gran Yomasa between 2016 and 2020.

With this socialization, it’s evident the learning in terms of measuring the impact of the community actions that the university carries out in the institutional programs of social responsibility, which is of great benefit for the measurement of future projects.

Presentation of the result of the pilot of the IMPALA projects in the II Congress of University Social Extension

On May 26, the Catholic University of Colombia was invited to present the results of the pilot of its two community action projects carried out as part of the fourth work of the IMPALA project, at the II Congress of University Social Extension El territorio como fundamento de la extensión (the territory as foundation of the extension). Marcela Del Campo, consultant to the Management of Extension and Coordinator of the project at the university, was in charge of showing the related projects. The first, the strengthening of citizen skills, and the second, the construction of culture and environmental awareness. This presentation was very well received among the more than one hundred participants in the event.

The impact measurement model of the third IMPALA mission continues to generate great expectations in Colombian universities. Therefore, the preliminary IAF (Impact Assessment Framework) has been shared with more than 50 higher education institutions interested in learning more about said model. The publications of the case studies and the methodology of the model are expected to be distributed at the national level and that the IMPALA model be adopted by many of them.

Pilot of the second project beings at the Catholic University of Colombia

The Catholic University of Colombia has started the pilot of its second project, which is part of the typologies assistance services, cultural management and community actions. This project is called “Construction of Culture and environmental awareness with children and young people in some sectors of the 57 Zonal Planning Unit (UPZ by its acronym in Spanish) Gran Yomasa from 2016 to 2020”.

The main objective of the aforementioned project is to promote in girls, boys and young people the awareness of caring for the environment and responsible pet ownership as a contribution to the education processes to provide for the improvement of living conditions in the micro-territories involved.

To measure this objective, the following subprojects worked, among others, are taken into account:

  • Reforestation of riverbanks for the conservation of the Bolonia stream associated with the Rincón de Bolonia community in the locality of Usme.
  • Selection of structural alternative for the fog catcher project to use at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta District School.
  • Technical-social support for the development of sustainable energy projects at Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School – Yomasa, Bogotá D.C.
  • Environmental waste management program for the community of the San Marcelino Champagnat Pastoral Service Center.
  • Urban agriculture in Yomasa: “Sembrando Futuro”.
  • Efficiency of wind energy in Yomasa “pilot test Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School”.
  • Design of a wind turbine to generate electrical energy at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta school, Yomasa community.
  • Agrimation 1.0: automated agricultural prototype of sprouts at the San Marcelino Champagnat Center.
  • Water Collector 1.0: development of a water collection system.
  • AGRODROYD: monitoring system for the care and irrigation of agricultural products in urban crops.
  • Manual for the monitoring and stability of the slope at Ofelia Uribe de School.
  • Grooving of water supply for the greenhouse at the Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School.
  • Strategies for the recovery of the round of the Yomasa stream.
  • Home systems for collecting rainwater.
  • Piping and management of fog catcher water, Ofelia Uribe de Acosta School, Usme locality.
  • “Huellitas al Rescate” Project

These subprojects register approximately 80 activities carried out with the community and around 200 girls, boys and young people trained in caring for the environment.

Measuring the repercussion of this project will allow the university to know how much it has managed to transform this community.