UN-Habitat/ RAIN project celebrates the Global Hand Washing Day

On 15th October 2012, UN-Habitat joined RAIN’s project funded schools in Kenya to celebrate Global hand washing day. The schools had the opportunity through their health clubs to demonstrate the importance of hand washing with soap as an outreach event to their neighboring schools. In Kisumu, Ragumo Primary School was joined by three neighboring schools; Ogango Primary School, Kunya Primary School and Mbeme Primary School while Tido Primary School was joined by two neighboring schools;  Nyalunya Primary School and Ofunyu Primary School to celebrate the Hand washing Day.

The highlights of the day were demonstrations from the health clubs on which five occasions should one wash their hands and the procedure of washing hands which ushered more than 2,000 students to wash their hands with soap at various hand washing points within the school. The key messages that crowned the day were: “wash your hands with soap: Before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after handling rubbish, after changing nappy, before and after touching an injured person.  Hand-washing with soap can significantly reduce the incidence of diarrhea.”

The Kisumu East Public Health Officer Mr. Nicholas Onako, thanked the head teachers of the schools who converged in Ragumo Primary School for allowing their students to participate in the event. In his message, he encouraged the students to make it a habit of washing hands with soap in order to keep away diseases that might lead to school absenteeism.

Thank you to UN-Habitat and Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation staff who contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat WASH Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Handwashing Day.

As part of the I’m a City Changer campaign, staff from UN-Habitat and the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation initiative also contributed soap to enable the six UN-Habitat / Coca-Cola RAIN funded project Schools in Rarieda, Kisumu and Kisii celebrate this year’s Global Hand washing Day.

 

Coca-Cola Helps Improve Lives of African Women and Girls

imageOn World Water Day, The Coca-Cola Company and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation announced the dedication of $6 million in 2011 to water and sanitation partnerships aimed at improving the lives of an estimated 250,000 African women and girls.  Jeff Seabright, Vice President for Environment and Water Resources for The Coca-Cola Company, announced the commitment as part of a high-level leadership event that featured the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on global water issues by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

This commitment is part of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), a program to provide 2 million people with access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2015. 

Providing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is critical for creating healthy communities around the world. The World Health Organization estimates that African women and children spend up to 40 billion hours collecting water each year; time that could otherwise be spent learning, working or caring for their families. Because of the distance many women are required to travel to retrieve clean water, they often resort to using unsafe surface water sources, putting themselves and their families at risk of life-threatening diseases. Additionally, data from the United Nations show that a child dies every 15 seconds on average from the diarrheal and malnutrition impacts related to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene.

Click here to read the full press release.  To learn more about RAIN, visit the RAIN Website.

Coca-Cola’s $4.3MM RAIN Water for Schools Partnership

September 22, 2010

H2O for Life

On September 10th, 2010, Coca-Cola South Africa, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and the South African Department of Basic Education joined together to announce a new initiative, RAIN Water for Schools (RWS). This USD $4.3 million project aims to provide 100 schools across South Africa with water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH). At least 80,000 students are expected to gain access to WASH through this project.

WASH in schools has been shown to be an effective tool for combating waterborne diseases while increasing school attendance, especially among young girls. The advantages of educating school children about WASH can reach well beyond the classroom, as students transfer lessons learned in school to families and friends, promoting a healthier lifestyle for the entire community.

The project is already well underway, as nine schools have already received integrated WASH interventions. The remaining 91 schools will receive WASH interventions over the next two years, through the coordination of South African NGO Mvula Trust. The sustainability of school water and sanitation infrastructure is a priority of RWS, and will be promoted through community participation and a pioneering model for government-led operations and maintenance.

The impact of these programs extends beyond Africa through RWS’s partnership with H20 for Life. H2O for Life, an American NGO, will be coordinating a school-to-school service-learning activity to allow students in the United States to learn about water issues and raise funds to support WASH interventions at schools identified by RWS.

Partnerships such as RWS are critical in making progress on the water and sanitation crisis. The pioneering RAIN Water for Schools partnership exemplifies the opportunities presented by bringing key stakeholders together for unprecedented impact.

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Coca-Cola and CARE to Provide Water Access to 7,500 Egyptians

August 13, 2010

RAIN

On August 9th, 2010, The Coca-Cola Company and CARE Egypt launched a new project to connect 1,500 households in the Governorate of Beni Suef to safe drinking water.

Over the course of 18 months, the Beni Suef project will provide access for 7,500 people through the construction of vital household water connections in three villages: one in the district of Sumusta, one in El-Koum El-Ahmar, and one in the district of Ahnasia. In addition to water access, the project will provide community members with environmental and hygiene education.

While connecting households to the water network has been the government’s focus in recent years, Beni Suef still has a high percentage of people without access. The Coca-Cola Company’s alliance with CARE Egypt demonstrates the effectiveness of partnerships among diverse stakeholders. Such coalitions provide a wealth of resources to those with the greatest need for water and sanitation access, and provide the funding, skills, and tools to sustain the benefits of water and sanitation improvements for generations to come.

This project is part of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), a six year, $30 million commitment that aims to provide over 2 million people in Africa with access to clean water by 2015. This project is closely aligned with the Government of Egypt’s strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) around access to safe water and sanitation by halving the number of citizens without access by the year 2015.

For the full press release, click here.

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