The Emilio Moro Foundation has started the second phase of the Agua Segura (Safe Water) project aimed at improving child health by guaranteeing drinking water and encouraging its consumption in schools in Chiapas and Oaxaca – two of the places most affected by the earthquake that devastated the country in September and that have the biggest problems in terms of access to tap water.
It has been calculated that there are around 22 million people in Mexico who do not have access to drinking water, with Chiapas and Oaxaca being two of the states with the biggest shortages in this regard. It is a problem that affects public health and that has been amplified by the consequences of the earthquake that devastated the country in September. That is why the Emilio Moro Foundation wanted to provide continuity for the Agua Segura project, a project aimed at rural schools that seeks not just ensure the fair distribution of water but to also encourage its consumption among the most deprived children.
In addition to guaranteeing access to drinking water, even for schools with no tap water, the programme has an important educational and participatory aspect as it aims to encourage healthy habits and practices with regard to water consumption, in this way helping to decrease the consumption of drinks with high-sugar content and reduce diseases such as obesity, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders, particularly among children in Mexico.