Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) is a unique permanent alliance of international NGOs with expertise in water supply, hygiene education and promotion of sanitation. MWA’s mission is to assist people in developing countries with access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education by offering sustainable solutions through advocacy, learning and collaborative programming.

MWA supports The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) through 2020 to improve sustainable 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.

In Ethiopia, for example, partners supported the implementation of newly built ventilated improved pit latrines at schools in the Arba Minch and Kemba districts, complete with hand-washing facilities. In addition, as a result of this program, two women’s groups were created. These groups have begun growing vegetables and fruit using overflow water from reservoirs and water points.

MWA has also partnered with Coca-Cola Latin America and The FEMSA Foundation, along with critical implementing partners, on Lazos de Agua, or Water Links, a $12.3 million program to bring new and improved water and sanitation access to more than 110,000 people in some of the poorest regions of Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua over the next three years.