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25 Nov 2015

Water Ties present Central American progress in regional forum about access to water

  • Water Ties benefits more than 9,000 people in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras by providing them access to safe water
  • FEMSA Foundation and partners presented Water Ties Central America results

Managua, Nicaragua, November 25, 2015.- In the frame of the Central American Forum on Water and Integral Sanitation, powered by the national networks of organizations from Guatemala (RASGUA), Salvador (RASES), Honduras (RAS-HON) and Nicaragua (RASNIC) (which compose the Central American Water and Sanitation Network), FEMSA Foundation, Millenium Water Alliance (MWA) and other three partnerts: CARE, Water for People and WaterAid, presented the progress of Water Ties program in Central America.

In a gathering where the main theme was universal access to water and sanitation in rural areas, FEMSA Foundation, Coca-Cola Latin America and MWA presented the results Water Ties has had in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua since 2013, the year the program was launched.

To this day, Water Ties has managed to benefit more than 9,000 Central Americans by providing access to safe water; more than 5,000 through improved sanitation; and more than 15,000 through the promotion of hygiene in three countries. The program activities include the construction and rehabilitation of water systems, the installation of safe water networks, hygiene education workshops, the installation of sanitation technologies, and the creation of water committees, among other activities.

The program also promotes a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning platform (MEL), through which the partners can identify good practices and lessons learned, as well as learn from the successful and unsuccessful experiences of colleagues in different geographies. Thus, Water Ties seek to promote joint learning and the transfer of knowledge in the water sector.

Millennium Water Alliance (MWA), FEMSA Foundation and Coca-Cola Latin America carry out Water Ties initiative with the purpose of benefitting more than 100,000 people in Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. It is an alliance between organizations of civil society, local governments, companies and communities, which aims to create actions that promote positive change, provide new and better opportunities, and contribute to the transformation of the lifestyle of people living in remote and marginalized rural areas, through sustainable cycles.

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About Coca-Cola FEMSA

The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

About Millennium Water Alliance

The Millennium Water Alliance is a coalition of America’s leading charities working to bring clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to millions of the world’s poorest people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Founded in 2002, MWA seeks to advance high standards for program quality, transparency, and accountability, and work with its members to bring to scale effective and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene education solutions. MWA is a strong advocate for US leadership in effective foreign assistance, and is part of a global coalition to raise awareness of and commitment to water and sanitation. MWA members include a research center, the respected Dutch IRC and 12 nonprofit partners based in United States: CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Food for the Hungry, Global Waters, Lifewater International, Living Water International, Pure Water for the World, WaterAid in America, Water For People, Water Missions International, Water.org and World Vision.

About FEMSA Foundation

FEMSA Foundation is a social investment instrument that supports both the conservation and sustainable use of water and the improvement of the quality of life of the community through the application of education, science, and technology.
Its area of Sustainable Development of Hydric Resources channels resources toward projects focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of water for the protection of ecosystems not only in the present but for future generations too. It has three programs, Conservation of Watersheds, Water and Sanitation, and Construction of Capacities and Applied Research. In turn, the department of Quality of Life focuses on supporting projects aiming to improve the nutrition and health of the population of our communities. The programs of Quality of Life are Nutritional Education, Healthy Lifestyles, and Construction of Capacities and Applied Research. If you wish to learn more about FEMSA Foundation, please visit www.fundacionfemsa.org.

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