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Coca-Cola Donates US$50K For Bulawayo Water Project

Coca-Cola, a multinational beverages company has donated US$50 000 to Bulawayo for the implementation of a water and sanitation project.

The donation was made through Coca-Cola Company’s philanthropic arm, Coca-Cola Foundation, which awarded the money to DanChurchAid Zimbabwe Coca-Cola to implement the project.

The project is premised at addressing the recurrent water shortages issue that has perennially affected the second-largest city on Zimbabwe.

Speaking during the cheque handover ceremony at DanChurchAid offices in Harare, the company’s country director Mr Milidzani Ncube said:

The funding will be used to conduct site surveys, drill six boreholes and equip the solar driven water kiosks that will provide water to families in Bulawayo.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners Schweppes and Delta are proud to be responding to this water crisis that will enable more than 25 000 people to access much needed safe and clean water daily.

Lack of access to safe water and sanitation services has direct health implications.

The six-months-long project is scheduled for completion by June 2021 and will be the second within a year after Schweppes Zimbabwe provided 2 181 families with clean water in Bulawayo as part of their Covid-19 humanitarian support.

Schweppes Zimbabwe is a manufacturer and distributor of non-carbonated still beverages under licence from The Coca-Cola Company in partnership with DanChurchAid Zimbabwe.

Last year, Bulawayo was distributing water on a rationed basis, a situation that saw poor communities in Cowdray Park, an informal settlement in the Bulawayo District, walking more than a kilometre to get water.

It is strongly believed that the African Development Bank (AfDB)-funded Bulawayo Water and Sanitation Services Improvement Project (BWSSIP) will have a significant impact on addressing water challenges in Bulawayo.

More: Chronicle

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