Ferrovial has signed a cooperation agreement with NGOs Plan España and ONGAWA, Engineering for Human Development (formerly Engineering Without Borders Association for Development) to develop social infrastructure projects, namely, water supply in Peru and sewage networks in Tanzania. The signing ceremony was attended by Luis Rivera, President of Plan Spain; Miguel Ángel Pantoja, from ONGAWA; Jaime Aguirre, Ferrovial Human Resources Manager; and Juan Francisco Polo, Ferrovial Head of Communication and Corporate Responsibility.
This initiative is part of the "Social Infrastructure" program included in Ferrovial's Corporate Responsibility 20.13 Plan. Ferrovial provides technical expertise through its volunteers on the ground as well as 200,000 euro in funding for each project.
In 2011, Ferrovial concluded its project with African NGO AMREF to build sewers and water supply infrastructure in five municipalities in the Serengeti district, which has benefited over 50,000 people. This project was distinguished with the European Commission's International Cooperation Award for Sustainable Development and was recognized by other organizations, such as Fundación Entorno and the NGO Codespa.
Drinking water in Peru
Ferrovial will work with Plan to develop a drinking water and sewage system in four communities of the Olmedo canton, in Cajamarca, one of the poorest regions of Peru. This project, which will be executed over 24 months, will ensure direct access to basic drinking water and sewage systems for 2,225 people and indirect access for 26,000.
Sewage infrastructure in Tanzania
In Tanzania, where Ferrovial has experience in this type of project, the company is working with ONGAWA, Engineering for Human Development, to establish sustainable water supply systems in Kata de Maore, in Same District (northern Tanzania). This project, with an execution period of 12 months, will benefit 13,600 people directly and 48,800 indirectly. The goal is to reduce mortality due to infectious or water-related diseases, which account for 5 of the 10 most common illnesses in the area.
The communities involved will participate in both projects with a view to improving their hygiene and health conditions and strengthening the skills of local government workers to ensure the sustainability of the water and sewage services.