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31 January 2017

Coca-Cola Ho wins top global award

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The Coca-Cola Company celebrates Ho, Ghana as a 2016 Winner of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge – a competition that awards acceleration funding to sustain and expand initiatives led by members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

The Ho Hub of the Global Shapers Community will receive a $10,000 grant for their “Water Purification Project”. Their funding from Coca-Cola will accelerate the project’s work to enhance access to clean water by developing new wells, distribute water storage tanks, and installing water dispensers. The initiative will have a positive impact on community health and well-being in Ho, Ghana. Not only will the newly created water access help reduce the risk of waterborne illness and disease due to poor sanitation, but also it will reduce the time and labor intensive process of fetching water from far away water sources, which negatively impacts children’s ability to attend school.

Alan Akakpo of the Ho Global Shapers Hub, said, “The Ho Hub is excited to have been selected to scale up its local impact. Thanks to Coca-Cola’s support, we will deepen our collaboration with various stakeholders to accelerate access to sustainable, clean and safe water using locally-designed technology and civic education in Ho.”
Peter Njonjo, President, Coca-Cola West Africa, said, “It is exciting to see young people demonstrate active interest and resourcefulness in developing innovative solutions for the challenges faced by our communities in Africa. This growing trend of social entrepreneurship is supported by The Coca-Cola Company in many ways, and I am particularly proud that two Global Shapers Hub in West Africa – Ho, Ghana and Uyo, Nigeria – were selected as 2016 Winners of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge.”

The Ho, Ghana Global Shaper initiative, “Water Purification Project” won the popular vote of members of the Global Shapers Community as a Shaping a Better Future finalist, and was selected as a Winner by a high-level panel of judges comprised of leaders from the public and private sectors.

The Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge received over 100 project submissions this year from Global Shapers Hubs around the world.

 

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