The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, along with Guinness Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited and TY Danjuma Foundation have received a special recognition award at the 6th Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERA) for their Safe Water for Africa (SWA) Initiative.
The presentation was made at the Nigerian Corporate Social Responsibility awards, also known as SERA, an event which took place at the Muson Centre, Lagos Island. The event was a gathering of Nigeria’s corporate industry leaders that are contributing to social and economic growth through value-creating high impact CSR projects. SERA is endorsed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria and the United Nations Global Compact.
The Safe Water for Africa programme seeks to leverage the power of partnership to build scale and increase community access to safe water in Nigeria. The Initiative is a private sector-driven collaboration with governments and communities that aims at increasing community access to safe drinking water across Nigeria. It is a partnership between the Coca-Cola, Guinness Nigeria Plc and the TY Danjuma Foundation.
Ken Egbas, Managing Partner, Trucontact Limited, organisers of the SERA awards stated, “This recognition is bestowed on The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and its partners for having established a project with high potential impact. The SERAs galvanizes us all into nation building and the SWA initiative showcases innovation at its best to not only provide clean water, which is an elixir of life, but to further empower the community through the provision of employment.”
The SWA Initiative is a multi-million dollar regional programme that will span four countries in the first phase. It aims to work with communities to deliver self-sustaining clean water via a unique and affordable model across the West African sub region. The partnership was officially launched in March 2012 by the Honorable Minister for Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe as part of activities to commemorate World Water Day in Nigeria.