Coca Cola cash to boost Africa's water infrastructure

23 March 2011

Africa's water infrastructure will receive a $6 million (£3.6 million) boost from the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

The money will be spent on improving the lives of 250,000 women and girls through water and sanitation programmes.

Algeria, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria and Rwanda are among the countries where the cash will be distributed.

Muhtar Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company, noted females were particularly badly affected by the sanitation crisis.

"Supporting initiatives that promote access to water for women and girls is a building block for community health with a ripple effect on social and economic empowerment. [It's] win-win for everyone," he added.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has been involved in sponsoring community water projects since 2005 and has set up 34 in 19 different countries to date.

Its signature scheme is the Replenish Africa Initiative, which comes with a six-year, $30 million dollar commitment from the Coca-Cola Company.

Category: Water

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