The Replenish Africa Initiative Champions Innovative Approaches to Water Access and Development
Water is our world’s most precious resource – it nourishes people, replenishes nature and fuels economic prosperity. Where there is clean water, there is security, health, commerce, and, most importantly, opportunity for growth and development. But where there is no safe water, there is instability, disease, starvation and loss of opportunity. Today, over 300 million Africans are living without access to safe, clean water and two-thirds of Africa’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. In order to combat these challenges, it is imperative to provide access to the basics, such as water, sanitation and hygiene, to form the cornerstone of healthy, sustainable communities. Water helps ensure communities have healthy, productive people; schools filled with happy children; fields rich with food; and citizens engaged in local action.
In 2009, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) responded to the African water crisis through the launch of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). Backed by a $65 million commitment, RAIN is TCCAF’s flagship program and represents the largest corporate investment in water on the African continent. RAIN brings together key actors across the public and private sectors with civil society to address shared challenges. RAIN creates catalytic change by building capacity for service provides and other local champions to inspire the growth and development of sustainable water and sanitation services. In doing so, RAIN transforms the lives of people who will be the future of Africa’s development. It all starts with water.
Posted: Nov 17, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
While water is an abundant natural resource, less than three percent of all water on earth is fresh water, and of that amount, over two-thirds is frozen in glaciers and ice caps. Low investments in water infrastructure, rampant wastage and lack of private sector initiative have led to acute water shortages. About 663 million people in developing countries today do not have access to clean drinking water. According to WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (2015), a child dies from a water-related disease every 90 seconds.
Posted: Nov 10, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and its partners are working with local African governments, NGOs, water service providers and communities to build infrastructure that supplies clean drinking water and sanitation facilities across Africa. These efforts will help to minimize the spread of disease and empower local communities with educational opportunities and economic prosperity. Kelly Eisenhardt interviews Dr. Susan Mboya, President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and the Group Director of the Eurasia Africa Group (EAG) for women’s economic empowerment at The Coca-Cola Company.
Posted: Nov 03, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), is working with communities and water service providers across Africa to help address the critical issues associated with lack of water access. RAIN is on pace to provide clean water access for over 2 million people by the end of 2015 and 6 million by the close of 2020.