Coca-Cola injects US$50K to Bulawayo water project

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From Left Charles Msipa M.D Schweppes Limited, Milidzani Ncube Coca-Cola Zimbabwe County Manager, Demos Mbauya G.M Schweppes Zimbabwe and Mads Schack Lindegard DanChurchAid County Director

BY SIZALOKUHLE NCUBE
Coca-Cola company through its Foundation, has awarded US$50 000 to DanChurchAid Zimbabwe as part of its socio corporate  responsibilities in contributing to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund will be utilized towards implementation of the much needed water and sanitation project to provide clean and safe water to the urban poor in selected high-density suburbs of Bulawayo.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Coca-Cola country manager, Milidzani Ncube said  the  funding will be used to drill six boreholes and equip the solar driven water kiosks and conduct site surveys, to ensure provision of adequate water for Bulawayo households.

“This water and sanitation project is targeting the low income earners  in Bulawayo. It is  focused on addressing the problem of inadequate water and poor sanitation in low-income urban communities to contribute towards a lasting solution,” Ncube said

He added, “Through partnerships with local authorities like Bulawayo City Council and the communities, these efforts will strengthen the capacity of service providers to deliver sustainable water and sanitation. It will promote good hygiene and raise the standards of living, especially during  the COVID -19 pandemic.”

DanChurchAid Country Director, Mads Schack Lindegard lauded the Coca-Cola Foundation for bringing the project to the disadvantaged.

“With partners like the Coca-Cola Foundation, we are changing lives and supporting sustainable community initiatives”, Lindegard said.

Bulawayo has perennial water shortages and outbreaks of diarrhoea are common in the community as a result of using contaminated and unclean water.