Everyone should have access to safe water

We improve the quality of life of thousands of people in Latin America through access to water, sanitation, hygiene and the power of art.

In Latin America there are more than

Customers served! 10  millions of people

without access to safe water

This is 7 out of 10 people, equivalent to the size of Argentina, Chile Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru combined.

"All the problems facing the world,
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

One Drop - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program
Femsa - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program
Coca Cola Foundation  - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program
BID - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

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 Behavior 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:

Colombia

Guatemala

México

Nicaragua

Paraguay

By December 2022 Lazos de Agua expects in Latin America that

Customers served! 10 people

in 5 countries, sustainably access water, sanitation and/or hygiene (WASH) with social innovation and multi-sectoral collaboration.

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A·B·C for Sustainability

The systemic model that allows us to transform lives

A

Access

We provide access and/or improvements to Water, Sanitation and/or Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure.

B

Behavior Change

We mobilize communities with social art through SABC™.

C

Capital

We stimulate the local economy by co-creating capital access solutions with, by, and for communities.

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Multisectorial Collaboration

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, product and service solutions around WASH.

Lazos de Agua has two models of execution

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.

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Model 1

Execution Partners

All project components are coordinated and implemented directly or indirectly by an executing partner in each country.

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Model 2

Government Partners

We work with specialized public organizations in charge of local water, sanitation and hygiene programs.

Our Execution Partners

Plan International - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

PLAN Fundation Colombia

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Water For People Guatemala

Living Water International Mexico - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

Living Water International Mexico

Water Aid - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

WaterAid America Nicaragua

Fundación Moisés Bertoni - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

Moisés Bertoni Fundation Paraguay

Our Government Implementation Partners

Mexico - Paraguay

Guanajuato State Water Commission - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

Guanajuato State Water Commission 
México

Conagua - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

National Water Commission
México

Senasa - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

National Environmental Sanitation Service
Paraguay

Take action in 3 steps

1

UNDERSTAND OUR MODEL

and differentiating approach, where innovation and sustainability are essential. 

2

GET TO KNOW OUR WORK

and discover our projects in Latin America.

3

JOIN OUR WAVE

to continue improving the quality of life of thousands of people in the region.

At Lazos de Agua, we are working to achieve

SDG 6 for all people

Clean Water and sanitation - Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

In addition, we also contribute
to the achievement of the Objectives

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Covid 19  response -Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

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:

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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.


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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.


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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.


Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

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.


Water Organization | Access, sanitation, hygiene - Lazos de Agua Program

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.

Podcast

Entre dos aguas (Currently available only in Spanish)

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. Podcast in Spanish.

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