In 2004, Living Water International began operating in Mexico as a nonprofit civil association with operations in the northeast of the country mainly in the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi. Work was primarily through missionary partners implementing small water projects and sharing the gospel. Subsequently, operations were expanded to Chiapas, Guerrero and Puebla.
In 2010, with the development of a five-year strategic plan, operations shifted to more comprehensive programs that include complex water systems and activities such as hygiene and sanitation education, community mobilization and development, and gospel proclamation. Also, a focus towards the southern regions of Mexico, historically one of the poorest and most marginalized areas in the country, was prioritized.
By 2013, Living Water began a three-year program called Lazos de Agua in partnership with the Millennium Water Alliance and the FEMSA Foundation to provide WASH services to 68,000 beneficiaries in the states of Puebla and Oaxaca, promoting a comprehensive water system approach that encourages community engagement, behavior change, and proper sanitation and hygiene practices. Based on the success of this program, the Lazos de Agua II program is currently implemented in partnership with ONE DROP, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the FEMSA Foundation.
Since then, Living Water Mexico has accumulated proven experience in the implementation of water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in vulnerable communities in Mexico, implementing an integrated approach that promotes developing community leadership skills, working with the local church, coordinating with local authorities, and forming strategic alliances for long term sustainability.