November 18, 2017

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The Replenish Africa Initiative Champions Innovative Approaches to Water Access and Development

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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.

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