Our Priorities: Communities
'Water provision for local communities'
Through our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities we seek to provide local communities with clean water or to treat waste water so it can be used for irrigation or other purposes. In Africa, a number of our operations have established water distribution projects to provide local communities with clean, drinkable water. We currently have projects in Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, Southern Sudan and Uganda.
Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has initiated a number of water-related projects under the banner of 'No Water No Life'. This initiative has targeted multiple interventions and compliments TBL's wider focus on water through improving water efficiencies in breweries and the Water Futures partnership project with WWF and GIZ. In Dar es Salaam and Arusha, TBL has partnered with selected schools to provide boreholes and rope pumps. It is estimated that these projects have provided water for over 8,000 students. Furthermore in Dar es Salaam, TBL funded the laying of distribution pipes for 5km to reach 17,780 families. In total during F11, TBL invested over $150,000 in water projects.
In Mozambique, Cervejas de Moçambique (CDM) has a history in providing drinking water to communities. In 2009, CDM funded two projects in Maputo with the aim of providing clean water for over 13,000 people. Building on the success of these projects, in 2011 CDM funded a borehole for the Matola Municipality near Maputo. In Uganda, Nile Breweries has completed the second of a three-year CSI water programme to provide sorghum farmers with access to clean water. During the year a further four boreholes were drilled to provides water for over 3,000 local residents in the farming communities.
In Swaziland, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Matsapha, Swaziland Beverages funded the construction of a borehole in a local rehabilitation home. The home had previously grown its own food for the patients in their garden. However, increased water prices had resulted in this not being financially viable. Following the commissioning, volunteers from Swaziland Beverages helped to prepare the land and plant the first vegetables. In total over 800 patients and employees will now be able to eat home-grown vegetables.
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