The lack of access to fresh water affects the quality of life, and in the case of educational communities, it can even affect absence rates among students. That’s why since 2011 Fundación EPM, FEMSA Foundation, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Fundación Fraternidad Medellín, Fundación SIEMENS, the government of Antioquía and Colombia’s National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (ANSPE) together came up with a project called Water for Education, Education for Water.
A total of 5 billion Colombian pesos were invested in the project, installing water purification plants in rural schools in Antioquía, Colombia, in order to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities.
The persons benefited from the project have also been trained to take responsibility for the plants’ operation and maintenance.
Since installation of the first plant three years ago, Water for Education, Education for Water has benefited 31,800 students and teachers in 203 rural schools in the sub-regions of Antioquía: East, Central Magdalena, West, Southwest, North and Lower Cauca.
The closing ceremony was held on September 12 in Medellín, Colombia.