Coca-Cola Company to Help Poor in Africa

Today at World Water Week in Stockholm, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) announced the Company’s support of new programs in four African countries – Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, and Mozambique.

The funding, a total of $4.6MM from The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, will support sustainable solutions to clean water and sanitation service delivery for at least 270,000 people in urban and peri-urban areas.

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Activities to be supported include the development of water kiosks and storage tanks for local communities, sustainable water supply services and capacity building of local service providers.

The Coca-Cola funding will also be matched by WSUP partners, local communities and governments. The programs are to be part of the Company’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), an effort providing at least 2MM people with clean water access by the end of 2015.

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WSUP, a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions, focuses on solving global problems of inadequate water and sanitation in low-income urban communities.

Highlights of the work to be supported include a range of approaches that offer lasting clean water and sanitation services in partnership with local water utilities, businesses, authorities and the communities they service to support government objectives.

Photo courtesy: WSUP

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