Voltic (GH) Limited (‘Voltic’) as part of activities to mark this year’s World Water Day has held a Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) programme for pupils of the Nsawam M/A Basic school in the Nsawam Adoagyiri District.
The programme which is under Voltic (GH) Limited’s Water For School Project is in line with its sustainability focus on water stewardship and underpinned by the notion that access to safe water, good hygiene and improved sanitation are fundamental to good health.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Francisca Bart-Addison, Regulatory Affairs Specialist of Voltic (GH) limited noted that, “Voltic (GH) Limited, in September last year, launched the Water for School programme in partnership with Jaldhaara Foundation. Through the programme Voltic provides a daily supply of clean drinking water to 5 basic schools which hitherto had no access to safe drinking water. The programme further provides the pupils quarterly WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) education.
Since the inception of the programme, 269,000 litres of clean water have been provided to the about 2000 pupils of the 5 beneficiary schools, that is, Nsawam M/A Basic School, Ayeduase R/C Basic School, Suhum M/A Basic School, Adeiso S.D.A Basic School and Medie M/A Basic School.
As a company that has been in the water production business for 23 years and counting, we understand that access to clean water is a vital human right that impacts the enjoyment of other rights. We also understand that access to clean water and WASH education directly impact quality of health and education especially school attendance, number of contact hours and concentration during these contact hours. It is for this reason that the United Nations has named clean water and sanitation as one of the Sustainable Development Goals.
However, statistics show that 5 million Ghanaians do not have access to safe water. The water for school project is our contribution to bridging this gap even as we celebrate world water day under the theme ‘#leaving no one behind’.
The about 2,000 pupils will no longer have to rely on tap water, dry boreholes and untreated rain water – which is irregular and sometimes contaminated, instead they will be able to focus on learning at school while we serve them clean drinking water. They will also practice good hygiene and be better stewards of water.
We are immensely excited about the impact this programme has had on the lives of these school children because as a company we are not only interested the production and sale of safe, affordable and quality drinking water but we are also interested in creating a greater shared value for our customers and communities we serve across our value chain.”
About Voltic Ghana Limited
With a 23-year track record in Ghana, we are proud to employ more than 434 staff across two bottling facilities, supplying a broad range of ready to drink non-alcoholic products in the soft drinks, water and juice categories. We are evolving our recipes to offer consumers more choice, creating new drinks that provide benefits like nutrition, hydration and low or no sugar according to changing consumer preferences.
As Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and the world’s 8th largest by revenue – Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) bottles and distributes trademarked beverages owned by The Coca-Cola Company. With over 15 000 employees in Africa, CCBA services millions of customers with a host of international and local brands.
The group was formed in July 2016 after the successful combination of the Southern and East Africa bottling operations of the non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages businesses of the Coca-Cola Company, SAB Miller plc and Gutsche Family Investments. CCBA shareholders now are: The Coca-Cola Company 65.5% and Gutsche Family Investments 34.5%.
We are pursuing an initiative we call A Better Africa, whose goal is to ensure that 80% of our imported raw materials are sourced locally by 2022. This will increase local shared opportunities, minimise importation of our key inputs, save foreign currency as well as provide more access to critical jobs, skills and resources.
As part of the Coca-Cola system our bold and ambitious goal is to help collect or recycle a bottle or can for every one we sell by 2030.