Coca-Cola Foundation has handed over $250 000 to Save the Children for the initiation of projects dubbed Our Tomorrow is Bright. Pindula News presents a speech by Archbold Ndlovu, Coca-Cola Zimbabwe franchise Manager during the handover of The Coca-Cola Foundation funding to Save the Children Zimbabwe:
- Representatives of Save the Children Zimbabwe
- Representatives from Delta Corporation Limited and Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited
- Members of the media
- Ladies and Gentlemen
Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
It gives me great pleasure to join you today as we officially hand over The Coca-Cola Foundation’s funding of USD$250,000 to Save the Children Zimbabwe, our partner, who will implement two projects. One project will provide access to clean and safe water for patients and staff in five major health facilities across the country and another that will facilitate access to vocational training for youth.
The two projects are in line with our new Africa focused sustainability platform that Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit and its bottling partners launched last month known as JAMII. The platform houses the Company’s existing and new sustainability initiatives. Through this signature platform, Coca-Cola hopes to attract like-minded partners to help accelerate on-the-ground impact of its initiatives.
This new platform will build and expand on our past accomplishments in three areas: water stewardship, the economic empowerment of women and youth and waste management.
I must say that in Save the Children we have found such a like-minded partner here in Zimbabwe. Our partnership with them that we are officially kickstarting today is addressing two of these pillars – giving access to safe water and creating economic opportunities for people in need especially our youth.
As market leaders, we have a responsibility to make a meaningful difference – to empower and protect the communities and the environment in which we operate. JAMII, is a Swahili word that means Community, Society, People – because it represents who we are as Africans and aligns with our values as an organization- our resilience, our commitment, and our spirit of community.
Together with Save the Children, we are partnering to promote JAMII and sustainable growth in Zimbabwe.
The youth economic empowerment project dubbed ‘Tomorrow is Brighter’ will see at least 400 young people supported to start income-generating projects ranging from poultry production, building, welding, and farm feed formulation among others that will promote and stimulate entrepreneurship opportunities for them.
The water project will benefit about 15,000 people and also contribute to the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country as it will also provide communities neighboring the five health centers with access to piped water.
I believe these two projects will impact the communities and the youth in a big way as it will improve their overall quality of life.
We look forward to a successful implementation of the two projects and hearing powerful the impact stories as a result.
As I conclude I would like to thank Save the Children for partnering with us to implement these two noble initiatives in Zimbabwe as we look forward to a robust partnership with you. I would also like to appreciate my colleagues from our bottling partners Delta Corporation and Schweppes for their support in this partnership and event.