DAEGU, April 14, 2015 – Today at the 7th World Water Forum, Ahmet Bozer, Executive Vice President and President of
Today, with more than 140 partners, RAIN is a public-private partnership led by TCCAF whose programs currently empower 2,000 communities through WASH programs in 37 African countries. The expansion builds on the strong progress RAIN has made toward its goal of improving safe water access for 2 million people across Africa – a goal the program is on track to achieve by the end of 2015. Through the RAIN program expansion, TCCAF and its partners will work to improve 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.
RAIN and its partners announced programs that will protect watersheds, provide sustainable safe water access and create new opportunities for women and youth entrepreneurs in Africa by the end of 2020. These programs include:
- In Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) will leverage RAIN funding to contribute to city-wide access to improved water services and associated reductions in water and hygiene related diseases in selected cities, benefitting up to 2 million people by 2018.
- In Zambia, TCCAF, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WSUP are providing sustainable safe water access throughout the city of Lusaka. WSUP and USAID are leveraging TCCAF funds to provide sustainable safe water access to more than 40,000 people through community water kiosks and a distribution network as well as to provide sanitation facilities and hygiene education in schools in peri-urban Lusaka, benefiting up to 50,000 people. MCC's broader investments in water, sanitation and drainage in Lusaka are expected to improve the health and economic productivity of more than 1.2 million of the city's residents.
- In Rwanda, TCCAF and Global Grassroots are empowering women to lead water enterprises, improving water access for 30,000 people across the country.
NOTE TO PRESS: Dr. Susan Mboya will be onsite in Daegu, South Korea, at the 7th World Water Forum on Tuesday, 14 April, to host a briefing on the Replenish Africa Initiative and address media questions in person. Several of RAIN’s best-in-class partners, such as Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, who have been instrumental in RAIN achieving its goals, will also participate in the briefing. Event will take place on Tuesday, 14 April, from 13:30-14:30 in DEC_309, DAEGU – EXCO, 3F Room 323.
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
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
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade, global health, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance. USAID provides assistance in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. We work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. Government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
About the Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. Government foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth. MCC is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance, economic freedom and investments in people. To learn more about MCC please visit http://www.mcc.gov.
About Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) is a non-profit partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions focused on solving the global problem of inadequate water and sanitation in low-income urban communities. It brings lasting solutions to low-income areas by working in partnership with service providers including water utilities, local authorities and businesses, and the communities they serve. WSUP strengthens the capacity of service providers to deliver sustainable citywide water and sanitation services, promote good hygiene and raise the environmental standards of low- income communities. WSUP is a RAIN partner, implementing projects in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and provide communities with clean water and sanitation services. For more information visit http://www.wsup.com/