Last month, Katie Spotz, a world-record holder for the youngest solo ocean rower, visited Mzomtsha School near East London, South Africa. Mzomtsha School is one of more than 70 schools supported by H2O for Life, an organization that provides a service-learning opportunity for schools, youth groups, and faith-based organizations to raise awareness about the water crisis while taking action to provide funds for water, sanitation and hygiene education
When The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) announced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009, we thought setting a goal to improve sustainable access to safe water for 2 million people in Africa by the end of 2015 was bold and ambitious. Maybe it was. But, with collaboration and dedication with more than 140 global and local partners, it also was possible.
I am proud to say since RAIN’s launch, the program has reached
Over a decade ago, I began making the journey from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta to collaborate with The Coca-Cola Company on its landmark water risk assessment and water stewardship plans. Today, Coca-Cola is a leader – perhaps the corporate leader – on addressing water risk and replenishing the water it uses around the world. Public and private partners from around the world seek the company’s expertise and partnership.
On this journey together,
Today is a day where I feel a sense of pride. Why? Because today, I had the pleasure of announcing the expansion of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s (TCCAF) Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) at the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu, Korea. TCCAF is pledging an additional US $35 million to support Pan-African safe water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs for 4 million people by 2020. That will bring the total number of
On Aug. 14 @CocaColaCo hosted a highly engaged #CokeH2O Twitter chat focusing on the importance of safe water access in Africa and beyond. Chat participants asked a total of 24 questions and shared insights with our three expert panelists: CEO
of Water for People, Ned Breslin (@NedBreslin), President of Global
Environment and Technology Foundation, Naabia Ofosu-Amaah (@Global_Water) and Global Water Stewardship Director
Thanks to all who participated! Keep an eye on this page in the following days for a recap of our chat and answers to all questions we couldn't get to in time.Join the Conversation – Safe Water Access in Africa – Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Coca-Cola has been a part of the economic and
social fabric of Africa for nearly 90 years. Our depth of experience and
connection with its people has made us long believe in the great promise and
A real bright spot in the global economy, Africa continues to achieve robust growth rates. In 2013, in fact, five of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies belonged to African nations. And consumer spending, already rising, is expected to boom between now and 2030, reaching $2.2 trillion per year. That’s more than three times the $680 billion spent by Africa’s consumers in 2008.
It should be no great surprise, then, that The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola Also Expands its Replenish
Africa Initiative To Bring Safe Water Access to 6 Million People Across the
Continent by 2020
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2014 – The Coca-Cola Company and its African bottling partners today
announced a new investment of US$5 billion during the U.S.-Africa Leaders
Summit here. The investment, to be made
over the next six years, increases its total announced investment in Africa to
ranks among the lowest countries in the world in levels of safe water and
sanitation coverage. 66% of Ethiopia's 83 million citizens do not have
access to an improved water supply and 79% lack access to basic
sanitation. The majority of Ethiopia's citizens live in rural areas where
rates of coverage are even worse. Among rural Ethiopians, only 34% have
access to an improved water supply
Ethiopia is supporting
The lack of safe drinking water in Africa is no secret.
Every year, preventable waterborne illnesses claim the lives of millions of
Africans. No single organization can resolve the continent’s water crisis, but business,
civil society, NGOs and government can work together to develop sustainable
The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) aims to improve
access to clean water for 2 million people in Africa by 2015. RAIN is backed by