In a colorful event full of smiles from the children and their teachers, the Cardenas Foundation directed by Mr. Daniel Cardenas Izabal, with the support of the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, organized an event for the delivery of the project of bathrooms and drinking fountains in elementary schools in Villa Juarez.
“The reconstruction of toilets and drinking fountains in the elementary schools of Villa Juarez, Navolato, will not only improve learning conditions for our children but will also directly impact their health and well-being. This, in turn, will contribute to improving the quality of education in Navolato and help children reach their full potential,” said Daniel Cárdenas Izabal, founder of Fundación Cárdenas, in delivering his message.
A total of 2,731 children from Villa Juárez will have better spaces for their education and health, with the rehabilitation and construction of 16 toilets in 11 elementary schools in this district.
As part of the Assistance Program for Community and Human Security Projects of Japan, the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, together with Fundación Cárdenas, invested 1,506,664 pesos in the project “Dignified Restrooms and Drinking Fountains in Elementary Schools in Villa Juárez”.
“Education is essential to form valuable human beings for society. Through education, we can instill values, skills, and knowledge that enable individuals to contribute positively to their community and the world.”
Japan’s Ambassador to Mexico, Noriteru Fukushima, highlighted the importance of education and health going hand in hand.
“Education is very important, that’s why sanitation or cleanliness is also very important, that’s why we helped to remodel bathrooms and drinking fountains in several schools in these areas of Villa Juarez. Japan also gives great importance to education because without education there can be no future,” he said.
The objectives pursued with the construction of school infrastructure are:
Promote the health and well-being of children from 6 to 12 years old, elementary school students.
Reduce the percentage of gastrointestinal and communicable infectious diseases caused by lack of hand washing.
Improve the quality of infrastructure in elementary schools in low-income neighborhoods.
Permanent water supply.
Community participation, as parents, school principals, and supervisors are responsible for follow-up.
Each of the 11 schools presented different improvement needs, which generally consisted of roof repairs, repair and hydraulic installation of bathrooms, installation of new sinks, installation of toilets, mixing faucets, and water tanks, construction of cisterns, installation of floors, and repair of ironwork and doors and windows.
The school provides opportunities for the future.
During this panorama, the school represents an opportunity for more prosperous futures for the children.
“I would like to say that it is an honor for me to greet and welcome the Embassy of Japan in Mexico and Fundación Cárdenas for the unconditional help they give us, the students from different schools in Villa Juárez, Navolato, Sinaloa,” said Ofelia Nicole Román López, a student at Quetzalcóatl elementary school, on behalf of the students who have benefited.
A community project: This is how they will guarantee the proper performance of the toilets. The directors of each school will periodically verify the maintenance and proper use of the facilities and equipment. The Integral Plan within the Health Axis includes the annual planning of activities, goals, and responsible parties to take care of hygiene, the correct use and saving of water, as well as the maintenance of toilets and drinking fountains with the participation of teachers, students, parents, and principals throughout the school year.
Every six months, the 11 schools will send Fundación Cárdenas photographic evidence of the conditions of the toilets.
These schools in Villa Juarez will have decent toilets and drinking fountains.
CAM 51 Special Education School
Emiliano Zapata School
Heraclio Bernal School
Henry Ford School
Lázaro Cárdenas School (morning shift)
Lázaro Cárdenas School (afternoon shift)
Escuela Mariano Romero (turno matutino)
Escuela Mariano Romero (turno vespertino)
Adolfo López Mateos School
Vicente Guerrero School
Created in 2015 by Don Daniel Cárdenas Izábal, this foundation works to contribute to the welfare of agricultural day laborers and their families in Villa Juárez, Navolato, through education and training programs for their personal and community development.
Japan’s Human Security and Community Project Assistance Program
A program that aims to provide non-reimbursable financial assistance to non-governmental organizations, hospitals, elementary schools, and state and municipal agencies, among other non-profit associations, to help implement their community development projects.