The Embassy of Japan in Mexico and Fundacion Cardenas A.C. signed a donation contract for the “Project for the Supply of Toilets, Sinks and Drinking Fountains in Public Elementary Schools in the Municipality of Navolato, State of Sinaloa” within the framework of non-refundable financial assistance for community projects for human security. The ceremony was conducted by Ambassador Noriteru Fukushima and the Vice President of Fundacion Cardenas, A.C, engineer Daniel Cardenas Cevallos,
Fundacion Cardenas, A.C. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of families of migrant day laborers in Sinaloa and the Embassy of Japan in Mexico signed a grant contract under the Non-Refundable Financial Assistance for Community Projects for Human Security “APC” program for the project “Supply of Toilets, Sinks and Drinking Fountains in Elementary Schools in Villa Juarez, Navolato”. Villa Juarez is a union in the Culiacan Valley that receives up to 25,000 migrant day laborers yearly, making it the largest community of agricultural workers in Mexico.
The objective is to guarantee the students’ health by reducing the number of contagious diseases by providing hygienic toilets and access to drinking water, schools’ infrastructure maintenance, a culture of personal hygiene, and the care of drinking water will be promoted among students as part of a comprehensive school health program.
Upon presenting the project to the authorities, the director of Fundacion Cardenas, Lilia Carolina Lopez Ceniceros, affirmed that migrant children’s education is key to improving their quality of life given their vulnerable situation, they abandon their studies before finishing elementary education. Its founder, Mr. Daniel Cárdenas Izabal, considers that the children education is a crucial factor for their improvement, as well as the formation of social leaders in their communities.
This project consists of the renovation of 16 sanitary modules and the installation of drinking fountains in 8 public elementary schools located in Villa Juarez, Navolato, Sinaloa. This project is expected to improve the sanitary conditions of the selected schools and improve the students learning level in public elementary schools in both shifts, during the morning and the afternoon, impacting more than 8,100 people, students and teachers included. This project has a support of more than 74,000 dollars that the Embassy of Japan facilitates with the co-investment of Fundacion Cardenas, A.C.
Ambassador Fukushima commented that Japan has a close relationship with Navolato and expressed his pleasure to support this health and education project for the benefit of children in alliance with Fundacion Cardenas, A.C., for its work in favor of the working families of the Sinaloa countryside and will seek to continue working in collaboration.
Also present at the signing ceremony as special guests were Mr. Naoki Yoshimura, President of Adelnor, a Sinaloa-based company dedicated to agricultural materials sale, and Mr. Fuminao Hirotsune, General Manager of the Chemicals Department of Mitsui from Mexico.