Coca-Cola Africa Foundation partners with Plan International and Global Environment Technology Foundation (GETF), to Provide Safe, Clean Drinking Water to over 7,000 People in Mutasa District.

Harare, 15/06/2015 The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, in partnership with the Mutare District Council will officially hand over a piped water supply scheme to Mwoyoweshumba Primary, Secondary schools as well as a clinic in Mutasa, Manicaland on the 17th of June 2015. This initiative known as the - Improved Community Based Water Supply and Basic Sanitation – in conjunction with their implementing partner Plan International and is set to address the community’s challenge of accessing safe drinking water, while concurrently improving their basic sanitation and hygiene.

Initiated in 2014, this $112,000 project is set to address the community’s 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 Mwoyoweshumba integrated water supply project financed the installation of the water reticulation system and construction of girls’ bathrooms and shower rooms, two concrete water tanks, 2 boreholes and a modern water piping system.

The Coca-Cola Company’s Regional Manager Mr. Honest Marandu said, “ Indeed, we believe this work is integral to our mission of refreshing the world, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness, creating value and making a difference. “

‘A sufficient quantity of safe, accessible water from sustainable supplies is essential to the health of communities. Ecosystems and economic prosperity depend on it, as does our business. Our global commitments as The Coca-Cola Company aim to enhance personal wellbeing. This is built into our sustainability framework– what we call “Me, We, World” – which is our shared vision for how we can work together to create social value and make a positive difference for the consumers and communities we serve. “He added.

Mutare Bottling Company and government line Ministries such as Mutasa Rural District Council, District Development Fund, Department of Irrigation, Agritex, Ministry of Health and Child Care, EMA and ZINWA and Mwoyoweshumba community joined efforts to see to the successful implementation of the project.

Mutare Bottling Company’s Managing Director, Allen Lang, emphasised the importance of the initiative and commented “Access to clean, safe water and adequate sanitation play an incredibly important role in enabling quality education and, in turn, in developing our communities.”

From 1984 to 2004, Mwoyoweshumba Primary and Secondary Schools accessed water from an unprotected water source through a mechanical system that uses hydro-pressure to convey water from the source to an uphill water holding tank. 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 Mwoyoweshumba Primary and Secondary Schools were forced to walk a distance of three kilometres downhill in search of water from a river. The unprotected water source exposed the children to water-borne diseases and put women and girls at risk of violence and other security issues associated with drawing water from secluded points.

Plan Zimbabwe’s Program Support Manager, Mr. Zvidzai Chidhakwa, said Plan was honoured to help implement the project, which is aimed at improving access to clean water for 7000 people in Mutasa District.

“Access to safe water supply and sanitation services means children will spend more time in school, children, teachers and community members will have 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. 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.

 

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Vee Chibanda, Coca-Cola Brand Manager 
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Phone: +263 77 214 3109

 

Editor’s notes 

About The Coca-Cola Company

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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 Global Environment & Technology Foundation

The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), established in 1988, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote sustainable development through partnerships and targeted action. GETF works with public and private partners to shape a brighter future for communities and the environment by creating and managing high-impact partnerships, introducing new technologies and directing programs that have a lasting and positive impact on the world. GETF is the program manager for the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), which is the signature community initiative of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. RAIN will transform the lives of at least 6 million people in Africa by 2020 through sustainable safe water access. GETF also manages the Water and Development Alliance and the Project Last Mile Partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and USAID.  GETF is also home to Global Water Challenge and the US Water Partnership.  

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