Almost 100,000 people in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire are now able to access clean drinking water and sanitation facilities thanks to an initiative by Nestlé and IFRC. A total of 50 water pumps and 68 blocks of school toilets have been built or renovated over the past four years in communities and schools in rural areas of the country where Nestlé sources cocoa.
A total of 94,071 people have learnt about hygiene and sanitation, including how to store water and treat it safely at home as well as how to build safe sanitation facilities. Among these are 35,000 children, who learnt about the importance of hand-washing at specific times of the day. As part of the initiative, local people also learnt about how to prevent diarrhoeal diseases, currently the world’s second leading cause of death in children under five
In addition, Nestlé has contributed to build water sanitation capacity of the local Red Cross society in Cote d’Ivoire which now has the ability to manage water and sanitation programs on its own. Furthermore there is a close collaboration between the Red Cross and Nestlé in Cote d’Ivoire.
The partnership with Nestlé integrates with the IFRC ‘Global Water and Sanitation Initiative’ (GWSI), which promotes a common integrated approach for all water and sanitation projects run by the Red Cross and Red Crescent worldwide in response to chronic water and sanitation challenges. Since the launch of the GWSI in 2005, we have provided more than 5 million people with sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities through large-scale, longer-term sustainable water and sanitation programmes. We expect to treble this number to reach a total of 15 million people by 2015, a significant contribution to the MDGs and the new Sustainable Development Goals.