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Water Links

We seek to increase access to safe water services, sanitation and hygiene in Latin America and achieve intervention sustainability by promoting behavioral change.

 

ON A LARGER SCALE

The alliances formed for the second phase of Water Links enable us to scale our impact through influence in public policy and funding sources. In addition, we focus on monitoring and evaluation in order to develop a learning platform that allows continuous improvement of the interventions.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

Lazos-de-Agua

(2017 - 2021):

Partners: Inter-American Development Bank, One Drop and The Coca-Cola Foundation

Location: Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay

+200K
people with acces to safe water through 2021
USD 25M
initial investment
5
countries impacted
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ART AS A TOOL

In order to achieve the sustainability of the interventions, we combine water access with behavioral change promotion and hygiene habits. We use social art as a tool of comprehension that's based on the customs and beliefs of each community. In this way, we empower inhabitants and we give them essential conditions to break poverty cycles.

IN THE WORDS OF...

“The platform Lazos de Agua introduces a new form of designing and implementing water and sanitation projects where behavior issues play a central role that complement and interact with those of engineering."
Germán Sturzenegger, Water and Sanitation Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
“Social art for behavioral change, a central part of the Lazos de Agua program, strengthens the efforts of governments, organizations and civil society to improve the access to sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene.”
Alfredo Contreras, Program Manager, Living Water International
"Thank God we have enough water (which is a chlorinated water). We drink clean water."
Mario Morales, President of COCODE and Water Comission

ORIGIN

In the first phase of Water Links we drove community development and we empowered its inhabitants to take charge of the projects and achieve their sustainability. We focused on:

  • Access to safe water: infrastructure adapted to the local context in order to bring water in quantity, quality, and continuity.
  • Improved sanitation: infrastructure to create clean and acceptable environments.
  • Hygiene: promotion of handwashing, safe management, and water disinfection to avoid diseases.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

(2013 - 2016):

Partners: The Coca-Cola Company Latin America and Millennium Water Alliance
Implementing partners: Aguayuda, CARE, Water for People, Living Water International, World Vision and WaterAid
Location: Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua

110K
people with access to safe water
USD 12.3M
initial investment
196
communities

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