Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC), in partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), inaugurated a WaterHealth Center (WHC) in the town of Prestea, Western Region, which will work to provide safe drinking water to approximately 13,000 people in the surrounding community.
The event marked a special milestone as the Prestea WHC is the twelfth Coca-Cola System funded WHC constructed in Ghana under the Safe Water for Africa (SWA) Program, which is part of TCCAF’s flagship water program, the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), in which Equatorial Coca-Cola also participates. The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) aims to reach at least 6 million people with improved water access, sanitation, and hygiene by the end of 2020. RAIN is contributing to help Africa achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access. To date, RAIN has reached more than 2.6 million people with improved water access, sanitation, and hygiene across 38 countries.
The Prestea site also falls under a water access, sanitation and hygiene project funded by the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) between Coca-Cola and USAID.
Implemented by WaterHealth International (WHI), SWA is a partnership between TCCAF, The Diageo Foundation, WHI and Kosmos Energy to provide access to safe, sustainable drinking water to African communities. SWA seeks to work with communities to catalyze the expansion of an innovative water service delivery model across the African continent beginning in Ghana and Nigeria in 2011. To date, across Ghana, SWA has improved water access for over 150,000 people through the installation of WHCs in 24 communities.