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Shining Hope for communities partners with Coca-Cola to prevent COVID-19 in slums

NAIROBI, Kenya May 15 – Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) in Kenya with support from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa – Kenya (CCBA) is scaling-up its on-going initiatives to provide water, hand sanitation and public awareness in Kibera and Mukuru in Nairobi to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease in these populous communities.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, is providing SHOFCO with Sh10 million to support several health initiatives in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

SHOFCO has set up hand-washing stations to help vulnerable communities.

In addition to providing handwashing stations and creating public awareness, SHOFCO said it will use the funds to enhance hygiene and sanitation by providing water, soap and sanitizers to the communities in these areas.

Additionally, the organisation said it will also provide emergency food support to ensure that the most vulnerable families don’t starve as a result of food shortages and price spikes occasioned by the impact of the disease.

“SHOFCO is providing a total of 70 handwashing stations in Kibera and Mukuru, which are located at main entry points and staffed by volunteers who instruct people on how to wash their hands on entering and exiting the slums to keep the virus out. We are also distributing clean water twice a day through trucks to people who have no access in the two communities to support the maintenance of basic hygiene levels at all times,” said Kennedy Odede, founder and CEO of SHOFCO

“We are all concerned about everyone impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Kenya. The Coca-Cola Foundation and CCBA is keen to support our vulnerable communities to adhere to the required hygiene practices that have been prescribed by the health authorities to beat the spread of the virus. We are also concerned about the welfare of the most vulnerable and we are glad that SHOFCO will use some of the support to provide food, soap, water and sanitizers,” said Xavier Selga, CCBA Managing Director.

“Combating the spread of COVID-19 is a joint effort. We are pleased to have received support from The Foundation to implement our relief support initiatives. The private sector continues to play a big role in helping organisations such as SHOFCO to control the spread of this pandemic,” added Odede.

SHOFCO said it will also upscale its community outreach efforts using volunteers and community health workers to conduct door-to-door awareness, distribute illustrated Kiswahili information pamphlets and identify anyone with possible symptoms for referral to the Ministry of Health for quarantine and testing. Screening will also continue at SHOFCO’s clinics.

The support is part of Coca-Cola’s global efforts to help control the spread of COVID-19 with Kenya being among the 13 African countries in East and Central Africa receiving donations.

Shining Hope for Communities is a grassroots movement that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban slums by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls.

CCBA bottles and distributes beverages whose trademarks are owned by The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) or TCCC’s affiliated entities and is the world’s 8th largest Coca-Cola bottler by revenue with over 16 000 employees across its operations in Africa with almost 40 bottling plants in 13 countries.

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CCBA is a world-class, customer-orientated, socially and environmentally conscious fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company. Sales and distribution excellence are our core strengths.

Aligned with The Coca-Cola Company’s 2020 Vision, CCBA is pursuing an ambitious growth strategy that will be supported through investment in manufacturing, sales, distribution and marketing.

CCBA aspires to refresh Africa every day and to make the continent a better place for all.

For more information contact

Evelyne Kopar

Evelyne.Kopar@ogilvy.co.ke

0726501656

Emily Waita

ewaita@coca-cola.com

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