, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – The Coca – Cola Foundation (TCCAF) has announced the expansion of its Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), pledging an additional US$35 million (Sh3.2 billion) to support Pan-African sustainable safe water access and sanitation programs for four million more people by 2020.
This new funding builds on earlier RAIN commitment of US$30 million (Sh2.8 billion) to bring safe water access to two million people across the African continent by the end of 2015 made at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul in 2009.
The funding will help to improve the lives of more than a total of six million Africans through sustainable access to safe water; sanitation and hygiene (WASH) by 2020.
The expansion builds on the strong progress RAIN has made toward its goal of improving safe water access for two million people across Africa – a goal the program is on track to achieve by the end of 2015.
Through the RAIN program expansion, TCCAF and its partners will also work to economically empower up to 250,000 women and youth; promote health and hygiene in thousands of communities, schools, and health centers; and return up to 18.5 billion liters of water to nature and communities.
“Our commitment to the well-being of African communities is unwavering. Through the efforts of RAIN, we are reinforcing the incredible progress made to date with our many partners and are pledging to do even more,” said Susan Mboya, President TCCAF.
“As we begin work in this era of new commitments, we must continue the progress made from the Millennium Development Goals to set these economies up for success. Through programs and partnerships focused on safe water access, women’s economic empowerment, job creation and community well-being we are investing in the future progress and prosperity of the African people and economy, “she added.
RAIN and its partners announced programs that will protect watersheds, provide sustainable clean water access and create new opportunities for women and youth entrepreneurs in Africa by the end of 2020.
In Kenya, Madagascar, and Mozambique, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) will leverage RAIN funding to contribute to city-wide access to improved water services and associated reductions in water and hygiene related diseases in selected cities, benefiting up to two million people by 2018.