Coca Cola in water projects

March 9, 2009
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Over 10,000 people living in Trans Mara and Bomet districts will soon have access to clean and safe water courtesy of a water and development alliance project spearheaded by Coca-Cola Company.

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Vision International have partnered to improve the livelihoods of communities in the Mara River basin.

The project is due to be commissioned on March 10 in Kiridon Division of Trans Mara.

The Coca- Cola Public Affairs and Government Relations Manager Dr Nelson Githinji, said that the survival of many communities in the area had been threatened by growing water scarcity.

“Our partnership is a clear demonstration of the high value and commitment we place toward providing communities with water and sanitation services,” he said.

In Kiridon Division, the funding will go towards digging a borehole, masonry tanks, shallow wells and cattle troughs. In addition, Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines and hand washing facilities will also be installed.

USAID’s David Kinyua said that the partnership would also support the local water users association in Bomet District to protect a spring at Mulot and Longosia by constructing underground cisterns.

“We will also work with the community to maintain water reticulation from the springs and provide it to 10,000 individuals at 168 litres per person,” he said.

World Vision, the implementing partners for the program noted that the project would improve the living conditions of the beneficiaries.

Trans Mara District lies within the Mara River basin and is home to large numbers of pastoralists and farmers communities.

The Mara River ecosystem is an important habitat for the wildlife that is the backbone of the tourism industry both for Kenya and Tanzania. The survival of this ecosystem is dependent on the flow of the Mara River which has been threatened by growing scarcity due to greater upstream water abstraction, poor land management and increased waste discharge.

USAID’s alliance with Coca-Cola is a positive example of how public-private partnership can provide local support to those with the greatest needs for water and sanitation services while ensuring water resources are managed to serve future generations.

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