Coca-Cola gives $1.4m to support victims of Horn of Africa drought

The Business Unit of Coca-Cola’s Central, East & West operations has donated $1.4 million towards hunger relief efforts in the Horn of Africa for the three countries that have been hit: Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.‪

The company says the money will be used for the provision of water, basic food and critical medicines with a special focus on children.

“Significant portions of the funds will be administered in Kenya as the country grapples with twin problems of its own food challenges as well as the support it is giving to its neighbor, Somalia,” said Coca-Cola in a press release copied to

The funds contributed from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Company bottling partners and employees will be administered by the Kenya Red Cross, Ethiopia Red Cross and Somali Red Crescent.

The Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, parent company of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana donated $100,000 towards the relief effort.

‪“As a business with operations spanning across the Horn of Africa, we and our bottling partners strongly believe that the scale and magnitude of this crisis demands collaborative effort from all,” Nathan Kalumbu, Coca-Cola’s President for Central, East and West Africa was cited in the release as saying.

By Ekow Quandzie

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