Everyone should have access to safe water
We have improved the quality of life of more than 235,000 people in Latin America in phase 1 of the Program, through access to water, sanitation, hygiene and the power of art.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, there are more than
without access to safe water
This means that a third of the region's population is cut off from sustained access to drinking water.
"All the problems the world is facing,
whether poverty, lack of education, social injustice, economic development, climate change, gender inequality, lack of food or health have one element in common: access to water."
Guy Laliberté, One Drop Foundation Founder.
Lazos de Agua Program is an initiative of
Developed since July 2016, Lazos de Agua Program has a contribution of USD 25.000.000, to which communities, national and local governments, and implementing partners contribute. Lazos de Agua is implemented through the A·B·C Model for SustainabilityTM and the Social Art for Behaviour ChangeTM (SABC) approach from One Drop Foundation, the strategic implementation partner in the five countries where it has operations.
The Program is currently being developed
in the following Latin American countries:
By December 2022, Lazos de Agua had surpassed its goals, reaching more than
in 5 countries with sustainable access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene (WASH), through social innovation and multi-sectoral collaboration.
By 2030, phase 2 of Lazos de Agua aims to impact an additional 1 million people.
A·B·C for SustainabilityTM
The systemic model that allows us to transform lives
We provide access and/or improvements to Water, Sanitation and/or Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.
We mobilize communities with social art through SABC™.
We stimulate the local economy by co-creating capital access solutions with, by, and for communities.
Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program
We work with expert partners and local governments putting communities at the center of all actions; co-creating with them, by them, and for them, products and service solutions around WASH.
Lazos de Agua has two models of implementation
The One Drop Foundation, as the Strategic Implementation Partner for both models, works with the Implementing Partners and, in some instances, national governments to implement the Program's activities.
All project components are coordinated and implemented directly or indirectly by an executing partner in each country.
We work with specialized public organizations in charge of local water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
Our Executing Partners
PLAN Fundation Colombia
Water For People Guatemala
Living Water International Mexico
WaterAid America Nicaragua
Moisés Bertoni Fundation Paraguay
Our Government Implementation Partners
Mexico - Paraguay
Guanajuato State Water Commission
National Water Commission
National Environmental Sanitation Service
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At Lazos de Agua, we are working to achieve
SDG 6 for all people
In addition, we also contribute
to the achievement of the Objectives
Key behaviors addressed with the Program, such as hand-washing with soap and water, which have been at the core of our implementations since 2016, are critical to fighting the COVID-19 virus and preserving the health and well-being of millions of people.
The virus will not go away without the availability and access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene (WASH) services for people living in vulnerable situations.
What some of our Leaders of Change say:
What motivated me the most [to strengthen the hardware store] was that the community would have all the accessories for the aqueduct, whatever they need to have water in their homes; what they are going to look for elsewhere, we have here in the village.
MARLENE / Micro-entrepreneur, leader and participant of ConvidArte project in Colombia.
I do my best to provide decent care to my patients. The biggest difficulty was the lack of latrines, which are essential in a health center. Now we have flush toilets and showers.
ROBIN / Nurse at the health center benefiting from a new water system inaugurated as part of the Nicaragua Rural project.
I feel like family with my fellow [water] committee members; there is respect and support. Ever since I was little I wanted to be part of a similar group. The first job I did when I joined the committee was to be in charge of trenching the pipeline.
LIDIA LUCAS / Member of the water committee in Quiché Program, Guatemala.
We [community mothers] teach that we should keep the water safe for consumption and that we should not misuse it, because it is a resource that can run out. Also, that we must comply with the payment, because we pay for the water supply service, not for the water itself. There is a whole system that works to provide us with water and whose functioning depends on us.
SILVANA LOPEZ / Participant in the Y Kuaa project and treasurer of the Yakare'i 3 Bocas Sanitation Board, Department of Caaguazú in Paraguay.
The Guanajuato Project's strategy for strengthening the value chain is something innovative that has a positive impact and reinforces the infrastructure work being done in the communities. This may also have a positive impact on Guanajuato's Secretariat of Social and Human Development, as it seeks to improve the living conditions of people in marginalized areas.
JUAN GABRIEL SEGOVIA / Director of social management of the state water commission of Guanajuato (CEAG) - Government partner Lazos de Agua in Mexico.
Entre dos aguas Podcast
(Seasons 1 and 2)
This podcast series is a sonorous journey around the challenges of providing water, sanitation and/or hygiene in 5 Latin American countries. "Between two waters" takes us to discover the stories, richness and diversity of the communities that are part of our program.