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Lazos de Agua Program

Despite the fact that Latin America and the Caribbean have the largest freshwater resources per capita, a third of the region's population is cut off from sustained access to drinking water. (United Nations)

In 2016, the One Drop Foundation called upon its network of change-makers to build a the Lazos de Agua Program : an initiative that would surpass its objectives and improve the lives of more than 235 000 Latin Americans in its first phase, empowering them with sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Join us as we build on our successes and expand through a new, 5x more impactful phase.

The first phase of the Lazos de Agua Program included projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay.

Strategically implemented by the One Drop Foundation and driven by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the FEMSA Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Lazos de Agua Program has succeeded in building favorable environments for the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services during its first phase.

We have surpassed our goal of 200,000 people

empowered through sustainable access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene by December 2022.

235,863 people
now have sustainable access to water, sanitation and/or hygiene services
249,912 people
have participated in Social Art for Behaviour Change activities
2,181 microcredits and direct support
have been given to MSMEs out of a target of 1,498

Our impact is measured beyond the numbers

Our operations achieve sustainability through social innovation and the power of art, co-creating solutions around water, sanitation and/or hygiene with our partners and with communities. Get to know some of the Program’s participants and their stories.

We are going beyond infrastructure

Through One Drop Foundation’s systemic A·B·C for Sustainability™ model and Social Art for Behaviour Change™ approach for community engagement, the Lazos de Agua Program creates a ripple effect that goes beyond United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation for All.

Be the Drop That Shapes the Wave | The One Drop Foundation

In the Lazos de Agua Program, One Drop Foundation’s Social Art for Behaviour Change approach increases and strengthens the sustainable practice of fundamental behaviours such as: handwashing with water and soap, safe treatment and storage of drinking water, and payment of water and/or sewage service fee.

Learn more about the effects, both immediate and long-term, experienced by the Program’s participants

Lazos de Agua in the news

With more than 900 media mentions, the Lazos de Agua Program and its partners have brought international attention towards water-related issues in Latin America. Now that the first phase of the Program has wrapped up as a complete success, we are expanding our network to pursue our mission in the region.

Uniting to Achieve SDG6

Within the framework of the UN 2023 Water Conference, the One Drop Foundation, FEMSA Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank announced their commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 through the development and support of programmes such as Lazos de Agua, which will enable sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for more than 1 million people across Latin America by the end of 2030. In announcing this ambitious goal, a call to action was made for more organisations to join the ongoing initiative to improve living conditions in the area.

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