IRD and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation Team to Increase Water Security in Somalia
For Press Calls Only,
Contact: Jeffrey Grieco
ARLINGTON, VA – International Relief & Development (IRD), a major implementer of U.S. foreign assistance and a leader in the international stabilization and development community, today announced a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) to increase the water security of thousands of people in Somalia.
Somalia and neighboring countries are still recovering from the most severe drought the Horn of Africa has experienced in 60 years. In addition, analysts with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning System have warned that drought conditions could resume in the next 90 days.
There is a lasting need for long-term solutions to build resilience to future crises. TCCAF and IRD are addressing this need through the construction of community water storage tanks in Somalia’s Gedo region. In addition, the grant from TCCAF will enable IRD to provide hygiene and sanitation training to vulnerable people in the region.
IRD has been responding to the crisis in Somalia for more than six months and has helped build additional in-ground, cemented water storage reservoirs in the Gedo region and provided medical supplies to hospitals in Gedo and Mogadishu.
"The needs in Somalia are great, and will be for years to come," said Dr. Arthur Keys, IRD President and CEO. “The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has a long-term vision to help increase drought resilience and prevent suffering. IRD is proud to work with such a committed private sector partner.”
About The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF):
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s mission is to enable African communities to improve the quality of their lives and fulfill their potential. It focuses on three key areas of community investment: water, preventive health, and youth development. Additionally, The Coca- Cola Africa Foundation is involved in humanitarian assistance in Africa, for disaster relief and emergency assistance. Please visit www.tccaf.org for more information.
For more information on IRD, visit www.ird.org, and visit the IRD Voices blog to read first-hand accounts from IRD staff in the field. You can also stay up-to-date on IRD’s latest news by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@ird_voices), Flickr, or YouTube.
IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stability, and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure.