Ferrovial has chosen the NGOs Plan España and Engineering for Human Development (Ongawa) from 26 applicants.
The initiative is part of the social infrastructure programme included in Ferrovial's corporate responsibility plan. The programme organised an open tender for third sector organisations with projects in Latin America and Africa.
Ferrovial will provide technical expertise through its volunteers on the ground as well as €200,000 in funding for each project.
Ferrovial will work with Plan España to develop a drinking water and sewerage system in four communities of the Olmedo Canton, in Cajamarca, one of the poorest regions of Peru. This project, which has an execution period of 24 months, will ensure direct access to basic drinking water and sewage systems for 2,225 people and indirect access for 26,000.
In Tanzania, the company is working with Ongawa to establish sustainable water supply systems in Kata de Maore, in Same District, in the north. This project, with an execution period of 12 months, will benefit 13,600 inhabitants 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.