A Coca-Cola Foundation program 

Safe Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Basin Protection in Latin America Platform

What would your life look like if you didn’t have water?

If you have it, then treasure it, protect it and participate!

This platform byThe Coca-Cola Foundation and Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) is a strategic partnership initiative aiming to provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to 21.000 people, while impacting 40 communities in the Southern Cone by 2022. 

In collaboration with SUMANDO Argentina (NGO) and other implementing partners in Latin America, inclusive and sustainable programs are developed with technical excellence whilst promoting collective action. 

Inclusion

Collective action

Technical excellence

Sustainability

Water access in our region
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 65 million people don’t have access to water and soap (UNESCO, 2020). In their everyday lives, thousands of families are exposed to preventable diseases, circumventing precarious urban settlements where water is null, insecure, or wastewater.

Las Tunas District, Gral. Pacheco, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, 65 million people don’t have access to water and soap (UNESCO, 2020). In their everyday lives, thousands of families are exposed to preventable diseases, circumventing precarious urban settlements where water is null, insecure, or wastewater.  

In the municipality of Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 30,5% of the neighbors still obtain water in an unsafe way, whether from informal connections or through a well (Plataforma de Agua, 2017). In the popular neighborhood (barrio) of Las Tunas, General Pacheco, among its 9.000 inhabitants, a considerable amount of households and community centers aren’t connected to public water services and coexist with ditches and opencast drains. This reality impacts on the local community’s health, mobility, and socio-economic development.

That is why we want to facilitate water access and care, as well as community hygiene practices for 5.000 inhabitants of Las Tunas by 2022. We aim to facilitate  safe water access, but also to meaningful WASH educational experiences.

The Coca-Cola Foundation water access platform is a catalyzing agent that promotes water access and availability for vulnerable communities.

We aim

households safely connected to the public water network.

people aware and equipped with water quality and care information as well as community hygiene and environment habits.

community spaces with improved water infrastructure.

young people mobilized for a social impact environmental project.

female community space leaders empowered with tools and knowledge regarding water management and care.

Action plan

Acces to water

We facilitate households’ safe water access to the public network in a sustainable way.

Hygiene

We promote hygiene practices with key community stakeholders to elevate the quality of life of the local community. 

Civic participation

We promote and support the execution of water-related social impact initiatives by women and young people.

How do we do it?

  • We collaborate with local media outlets to disclose information about water care, hygiene, and wastes.
  • We carry out awareness-raising workshops about the environment, the right to safe water, and community hygiene.
  • We knock on households’ doors to deliver educational material and listen to neighbours’ experiences related to water and pressing environmental issues.
  • We deliver ludic educational programming about water and hygiene, set in public and community spaces to impact children and adults alike.
  • We boost youngsters as hygiene community promoters, by engaging them in a social impact environmental project.
  • We equip and support households and community centers before, during, and after technical interventions, to guarantee water access.
This is how we work

A strategic alliance between:

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has given back more than $1 billion to enable the empowerment of women, enhance communities, protect the environment and educate scholars around the world.

For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit  HERE.

About GETF

The Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), established in 1988, is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate sustainable development through partnerships that deliver impact at scale. GETF builds and manages high-impact public-private partnerships improving the lives of over 10.5 million people in 81 countries through water access, sanitation and hygiene, health systems strengthening, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture, and climate resilience. Partnership platforms under GETF’s management include the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), The Coca-Cola Foundation’s signature community water initiative; the New World Program (NWP), a partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation and Global Water Challenge supporting high-impact water access, sanitation, and hygiene, empowerment and waste management initiatives across Europe, the Middle East and Africa; the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) and Project Last Mile Partnership (PLM) both partnerships between The Coca-Cola Company and USAID. GETF serves as the Secretariat for two high-impact water coalitions – Global Water Challenge and the US Water Partnership.

For more information visit HERE.