Clean drinking water on the playground is a luxury for many learners. Even flushing a toilet and washing hands in a basin is often a challenge when necessary maintenance on amenities is not carried out due to the lack of funds. Local Parow school, Nebo Primary, was until recently also in dire need of repairs of their water system. Their wish for fresh water came true thanks to The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), who has installed two drinking water fountains and carried out much needed repairs on toilets, basins and drains.
Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) partnered with Kleen-Kut Plumbers and Drain Cleaners through RAIN to help ensure that learners at Nebo Primary have access to sustainable, clean water and sanitation.
Corporate Communications Manager at PenBev, Denise Green says, “Helping to address Africa’s water scarcity issues through projects such as the one at Nebo Primary School is a critical part of our Corporate Social Investment initiatives. We have and will continue to invest in ensuring the learners of Nebo Primary School have the basic need met of access to running water.”
The school, which accommodates over 300 learners, is part of a broader initiative in South Africa called RAIN Water for Schools (RWS), which improves water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in 100 schools across all nine provinces. RWS is just one of the 67 projects that RAIN has supported across 35 countries in Africa. To find out more about RAIN, please visit the link.
For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.
About RAIN In response to the severe water challenges faced by the nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) introduced the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) in 2009. RAIN recognizes the water projects that The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and its bottling partners have already supported on the continent (since 2005) and highlights TCCC’s new investment of US$30-million over six years (2010 to 2015) to water projects in Africa. RAIN aims to provide over 2 million people in Africa with access to clean water by the end of 2015. RAIN is a key contribution by TCCC to helping Africa achieve the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals on clean water and sanitation access.
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