The Coca-Cola Company has announced a commitment of $35 million over five years through its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) to provide an additional four million Africans with access to clean water and sanitation.
The new commitment builds on a $30 million commitment by the company in 2009 to bring access to safe water to two million Africans by the end of 2015.
The funds will enable RAIN, the flagship initiative of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, to increase efforts to bring safe water to six million Africans by 2020; economically empower up to two hundred and fifty thousand 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. Partners in that effort include Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), which will leverage RAIN funding to contribute to efforts to improve water services in selected cities in Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique; the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, and WSUP, which together will work to provide access to safe water in the city of Lusaka in Zambia; and Global Grassroots, which will work to empower women in Rwanda to lead water enterprises, improving water access for thirty thousand people across the country.
"Our commitment to the well-being of African communities is unwavering. Through the efforts of RAIN, we are reinforcing the incredible progress made to date with our many partners and are pledging to do even more," said Coca-Cola Africa Foundation president and CEO Susan Mboya. "As we begin work in this era of new commitments, we must continue the progress made from the Millennium Development Goals to set these economies up for success. Through programs and partnerships focused on safe water access, women's economic empowerment, job creation, and community well-being, we are investing in the future progress and prosperity of the African people and economy."