The Coca Cola Foundation recently announced that they are working together with Water Aid. The two organizations have begun an N300 million water project in Enugu. They will be working on a water project in three local government areas in the State.
Coca Cola Foundation & Water Aid Work Together to Present N300 Million Water Project in Enugu
The idea for the project comes after the two organization observed that millions of people in Nigeria are without access to some basic amenities. These amenities include access to clean water, decent toilets and sanitation. Not having access to these amenities have an adverse consequence on the health and socio-economic wellbeing of the people.
Coca Cola Foundation and Water’ Aid’s plan with the water project is an attempt to expand access to potable water supply in the state. The project is part of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN). Their aim is to grant entrance to sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. Coca Cola Foundation and Water aid want to provide these services to over 10,000 residents in and around Nsukka, Ezeagu, Uzo-Uwani, Isiuzo, and Enugu South LGAs in the State.
The project will be managed by the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (GETF), technical partners to TCCF.
Water Aid Speaks on the Project
Water Aid Country Director, Dr ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye spoke about the project and partnership with Coca Cola Foundation. She talked about how there can be no development in any community or nation without access to these basic services. Aniagolu-Okoye stated that progress in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 means progress across all other sustainable development goals.
She also explained that the scope of the project will provide about 2,250 people per day with access to clean water. It will also refurbish 15 boreholes across benefitting communities and construct five new hand pump operated boreholes. According to her, an estimated 5,000 households will also receive toilet facilities along with small scale water service programmes. The programmes have been designed to empower women and stimulate grassroots economic empowerment.
Coca Cola Foundation Speaks on the Project and RAIN
Clem Ugoriji, Public Affairs & Communications Director, West Africa Business Unit, spoke about the project and RAIN Clem Ugorji. He stated that projects of this scale are necessary to improve the wellbeing of struggling Nigerian. He empathized the importance of programs like this in rural areas.
Ugoriji explained the brand’s strategy, stating that they are looking for smarter ways to produce. They want to significantly reduce their water footprint. They are also ensuring that their business system leverages on recycling technology to eliminate all forms of water wastage. He also explained that under their RAIN programmes, they are committing to return 100% of the water they use in their products back to nature and communities while protecting watersheds and preserving aquifers.