Water is doubtlessly the world’s most precious resource. Through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) launched in 2009, Coca-Cola is responding to the water challenges faced by most communities across Africa.

Over the past 7 years, Coca-Cola and its partners have completed 40 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access programs in several countries within the West Africa Business Unit. With more than 4.1 billion litres of water dispensed from 6,648 water points and benefiting about 1.4 million people, these programs are contributing significantly to the goals of the RAIN program. Additionally, the water programs are providing economic empowerment opportunities for over 3,800 women and youth in the host communities.

To mark the 2018 World Water Day, the West Africa Business Unit inaugurated the Kumasi Water Project in Ghana – the tenth project executed in underserved urban communities since 2011 under Coca-Cola’s partnership with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP).

The Kumasi Water Project, executed in collaboration with the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), will bring safe, affordable water to 45,000 beneficiaries across six low-income communities in Kumasi, the country’s second largest city, where nearly half of the 2.5 million residents live in informal settlements, often without access to water services.

Community Management Committees (CMCs) will oversee maintenance of the 75 water points constructed in Kumasi’s Asokore Mampong Municipal and Atwima Nwabiagya districts. Economic empowerment opportunities were also created for some community members, including 60 women, who were trained in standpipe (water point) operations and maintenance.

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr. Musah Issaka Balima, WSUP Country Program Manager for Ghana said, “WSUP is proud to support GWCL in its mission of providing water access to all Ghanaians, including the poorest urban residents. With backing from Coca-Cola, we can make a difference to more people’s lives in Ghana.”

GWCL Chief Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Cephas Oguaa expressed the Ghanaian government’s appreciation to Coca-Cola and WSUP and promised that his company would ensure sustainable use and maintenance of the water systems. “What we appreciate most is not just the infrastructure components that the partnership has delivered but the software aspects such as the focus on selecting and training vendors and community management committees”, he noted.

The Coca-Cola System in Ghana represented by Bethel Yeboah, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at the Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) thanked the project partners for their timely response to the pressing water needs of the communities stating,

“The success of this project confirms that working together, we can achieve more. We believe in the power of partnership. A good deal of thanks goes to our partners, Ghana Water Company Limited and Water & Sanitation for Urban Poor for their valuable contribution to this project”.

By the end of 2020, The Coca-Cola Company targets to transform the lives of 6 million Africans through improved access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene, working with its partners under the RAIN program. West Africa Business Unit is committed to supporting this goal to refresh the communities in which we serve, one drop at a time.