Harare, 24/05/2016……. Coca-Cola Africa Foundation partnered with Plan International to Provide Safe, clean drinking Water to the Methodist run Schools of Waddilove Primary and Secondary Schools in Marondera District.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, officially handover a piped water supply scheme to the Primary and Secondary schools on 24 May 2016. This initiative known as the - Improved Community Based Water Supply and Basic Sanitation – in conjunction with their implementing partner Plan International is set to address the community’s challenge of accessing safe drinking water, while concurrently improving their basic sanitation and hygiene.

Initiated in 2015 as part of Nathan Kalumbu’s legacy, this $68,000 project is set to address the schools’ challenge of accessing safe drinking water while improving basic sanitation and hygiene and is part of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) program-the company’s commitment to providing access to safe drinking water to African communities.

This Waddilove water supply project financed the installation of the water reticulation system and construction of water tanks, 2 boreholes and a modern water piping system.

The Coca-Cola Company’s Regional Manager Mr. Honest Marandu said, “There is a need to invest in our communities, invest in our people and in the trailblazers of tomorrow. As we grow, we wish for our stakeholders to grow with us; for the men and women in our communities to be able to earn a living and to contribute to the well-being, development and education of their families. “

‘Over the past 5 years, in conjunction with our partners, we have invested over $750,000 in school and community water access projects across Masvingo, Manicaland and Mashonaland East Provinces. We plan to provide over 13,800 people with access to safe, clean water in 35 communities and schools. “He added.

Waddilove Primary and Secondary Schools accessed water from an unreliable source. While the school, with help from the community, tried to maintain the system, the break downs were frequent and too costly.

As a result, children and staff members of Waddilove Primary and Secondary Schools were forced to leave with minimum water resources. The unprotected water source exposed the children to water-borne diseases.

Plan Zimbabwe’s Program Support Manager, Mr. Zvidzai Chidhakwa, said Plan was pleased to help implement the project, which is aimed at improving access to clean water to the Waddilove Schools.

“Access to safe water supply and sanitation services means children will spend more time in school, with improved health standards, and the dignity and rights of women and girl children will be advanced. This project supports universal access to primary education because improved health has a bearing on school performance and attendance, especially among girls,” he said.  

In addition to the WASH infrastructure, the project also promoted health and hygiene in schools through establishment and strengthening of health clubs and nutrition gardens (to supplement student diets and for income generation) as well as maintenance training. These interventions will enhance proper operation and maintenance of the improved infrastructure. 

The Replenish Africa Initiative or ‘RAIN’ was launched in 2009 as a global commitment to improve access to sustainable, safe water for two million people across Africa by 2015. A further pledge of an additional US$35 million to support Pan-African safe water access and sanitation programs for 4 million more people by 2020.The Foundation has expanded that commitment, aiming to transform the lives of up to six million people across Africa through water by 2020. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and its partners have invested more than $270 million in community water partnerships for projects with hundreds of organizations globally, including WWF, USAID, The Nature Conservancy, CARE and UNDP. Through these programs, they expect almost a billion litres of water to be replenished across 8 countries in Southern Africa alone.

. This new funding builds on an original RAIN commitment of US$30 million to bring safe water access to 2 million people across the African continent by the end of 2015 made at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul in 2009. This funding will help to improve the lives of more than a total of 6 million Africans through access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2020.

 

Today, with more than 140 partners, RAIN is a public-private partnership led by TCCAF whose programs currently empower 2,000 communities through WASH programs in 37 African countries. The expansion builds on the strong progress RAIN has made toward its goal of improving safe water access for 2 million people across Africa – a goal the program is on track to achieve by the end of 2015. Through the RAIN program expansion, TCCAF and its partners will work to improve safe water access for 6 million Africans; economically empower up to 250,000 women and youth; promote health and hygiene in thousands of communities, schools, and health centers; and return up to 18.5 billion liters of water to nature and communities.

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For More information please contact:

Vee Chibanda, Coca-Cola Market Activations Manager 
vchibanda@coca-cola.com
Phone: +263 77 214 3109

 

Editor’s notes 

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About RAIN

In response to the severe water challenges faced by the nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, TCCAF introduced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009. RAIN recognizes the water projects that TCCC and its bottling partners already supported on the continent (since 2005) and TCCC’s new water projects in Africa from RAIN investment from 2010 to 2015. RAIN aims to provide 6 million people in Africa with access to safe water by the end of 2020. RAIN is The Coca-Cola Company’s contribution to helping Africa achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. TCCAF will leverage this US$65-million investment and aims to attract dollar-for-dollar match funding through 2020.

About The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) is an entity funded through Coca-Cola that is concerned with community enhancement projects throughout Africa. TCCAF has committed resources and is collaborating with other organizations to provide communities with improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN); to contribute to strengthening Africa’s health systems; and to create opportunities for youth empowerment. RAIN is TCCAF’s signature program and serves as Coca-Cola’s response to Africa’s water challenges. In addition to RAIN, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation supports programs in Health Systems Strengthening and Youth Empowerment in Africa. Learn more about RAIN at our website.

About Plan International

Founded 78 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest child rights organisations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan also works through collaborative partnerships with corporates and private sector companies to transform and empower communities and institutions to fulfil the rights of children.

Plan is also improved WASH infrastructure at Waddilove Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Goromonzi High School, located in Marondera and Goromonzi districts, respectively.  

The RAIN program is also taking a Multiple Uses of Water (MUS) approach to the project by accounting for all water-related needs at the schools, including drinking, cooking, sanitation, and agriculture. It is expected that the school gardens will play a pivotal role in raising a portion of the funding needed for the operation and maintenance of the systems.

Contact: Angela Machonesa,
Plan International Zimbabwe, Communications Manager
angela.machonesa@plan-international.org
Phone: +263 772380002. +263 772124124-6