UNICEF and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation join forces to expand access to improved water to 1000 households in Assuit
CAIRO, 13th, May 2012 - UNICEF and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation have launched a partnership to provide safe water connection to 1000 households in Assuit Governorate.
The one year project titled ”Raising Healthy Children with Safe Households Water Supply” will build on the innovative Revolving Fund Mechanism developed by UNICEF and the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater and supported by The Coca Cola Africa Foundation.
The Revolving Fund involves interest free loans that provide households the financial capacity to meet installation costs of piped water connections. The loans are repaid on affordable monthly installments allowing the financing of additional water connections and thus increasing the number of community members benefiting from this programme.
According to UNICEF, 3,000 children die every day worldwide because of poor water quality and sanitation.
“Having direct access to a safe water source in the household has an immediate impact on the health and nutrition of children. Therefore, it is crucial that every family benefits from a connection to the water distribution system. The partnership between The Coca Cola Foundation, The Holding Company for Water and Wastewater and UNICEF will undoubtedly contribute to this objective,” said Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is contributing approximately 1.5 million Egyptian pounds in support of this project.
“The project will not only focus on connecting households to the water network, but will strive to engage in a multifaceted and continuous process to build local capabilities, to raise hygiene and environmental awareness thereby contributing to improved community health and a better quality of life for the inhabitants of Assuit,” said Omar Mandour, General Manager Coca-Cola Egypt, Libya and Yemen
With this partnership the most marginalized children and their families will have a chance to get their basic needs for safe water met and enjoy better health, hygiene and opportunities to fulfill their potential.
About the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCW/WW)
(HCW/WW) was established upon a Presidential Decree No. 135 of 2004. Only 14 subsidiaries were operating under then. More companies were established later on reaching the number of 24. Currently, a new company is being established to provide services to the Suez Canal cities.
The company aims to supply the citizens with drinking water with safe waste water disposal through its subsidiaries in various governorates. The number of population served is approximately 85 million. The estimated daily supply of drinking water is about 25 million m3. The total length of the water networks is 146 thousand km long and the total length of sewage service system is around 36 thousand km long.
About The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) was created in 2001 to manage the community investments of the Coca-Cola System in Africa. Over the years, it has invested substantially in the areas of water, preventive health, education and the environment; and continues to partner with credible institutions, leveraging the System’s unparalleled manufacturing and distribution network, to access some of Africa’s most remote locations for community development and numerous disaster relief efforts across the continent.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org Follow us on Twitter and Facebook