USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation partner to fund $2m water project in Nigeria
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) mission office in Nigeria and Coca-Cola Africa Foundation have launched the third phase of the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) programme for safe water and hygiene facilities in public schools and hospitals.
At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for WADA III programme, in Lagos, USAID Director to Nigeria, Michael T. Harvey, said: “Today, we are consolidating a special partnership, one in which a private firm has joined with a U.S. government agency to contribute to a priority set by the government of Nigeria.”
WADA is a joint initiative between The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and the USAID and it contributes to protecting and improving the sustainability of watersheds, increasing access to water supply and sanitation services, and enhancing productive uses of water. With a combined investment of over US $39 million since 2005, WADA is having a positive impact on the lives of people and the health of communities in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Dr. Susan Mboya-Kidero, President of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and Women’s Economic Empowerment Director for Coca-Cola Eurasia & Africa said “Building on the success of our existing partnership in Nigeria, we are honored to be announcing the third phase of the WADA program. Sustainability of our programs and their continued positive impact to the communities we serve across Africa is an imperative for The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.”
TCCAF and USAID have collaborated in Nigeria since 2007 under the WADA initiative. The partnership has improved water resource management and expanded sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in Kano and Enugu States reaching over 240,000 beneficiaries and helping to control and prevent water-related diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea by providing water and sanitation services, hygiene education, and establishing Water, Environment, and Sanitation Committees in communities where the program has been implemented.