Shri Ashok Lahoti, Mayor- Jaipur, Rajasthan attended the dedication ceremony at Government Sanskrit School, Triveni Nagar

  • Round Table India (RTI), the implementing partner, helped to revitalize facilities
  • 4 schools have been revitalized in and around Jaipur as part of SMS last year; 55 schools have been revitalized in Rajasthan as part of SMS till date
  • 1000 schools to be revitalized in India under the campaign within this year 

Coca-Cola’s Support My School (SMS) campaign, an initiative to build Happy, Healthy and Active Schools for students in rural and semi-urban areas, today dedicated 800th improved school infrastructure to the community at Government Sanskrit School, Triveni Nagar, Rajasthan. Round Table India (RTI), an implementing partner of Coca-Cola India for SMS initiative, worked on the ground to help revitalize facilities. Shri Ashok Lahoti, Mayor- Jaipur attended dedication ceremony at the school as the chief guest. The SMS program, which is closely aligned to the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, has helped in the advancement of the school infrastructure which includes separate toilets for boys and girls, access to clean water and better sanitation, library and playground.

The attendees during the ceremony included Chandra Mohan Gupta, Director - Corporate Affairs, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia, Ravi Utmani, Chairman, Jaipur Pinkcity Round Table 171, and Deepak Bhansali, Area XII Chairman.

“Children are the change agents for tomorrow. It is therefore important that they get access to quality education and essential amenities like toilets, access to water and basic infrastructure in their schools. This encourages more and more students to come to schools regularly especially girl children. I am thankful to Coca-Cola India for their commendable SMS initiative which helps furthering our education mission and also contributes extensively to ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission,” said Shri Ashok Lahoti, Mayor- Jaipur.

Ravi Utmani, Chairman, Jaipur Pinkcity Round Table 171 added, “Partnering with Coca-Cola India has been a great experience. With our collaborative efforts through SMS, we are striving to bring about a positive change in the lives of more than 1300 children from 4 government schools in Rajasthan. Our initiatives specifically emphasize on provisioning of sanitation facilities, access to water and sports as key areas of intervention.”

Chandra Mohan Gupta, Director - Corporate Affairs, Coca-Cola India & South West Asia said, “We believe that partnerships of business, government and civil society that we call “Golden Triangle” can bring about remarkable positive changes around us. SMS campaign in the last 6 years has had more than 50 partners in more than 20 states across India. We have been able to positively impact more than 2 lakh children and we are hopeful of revitalizing 1000 schools within this year.”

SMS is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative that aims to improve basic amenities in government schools like separate toilets for boys and girls and access to water. The Schools revitalized under the campaign have served as model schools in several districts and have led to enhanced community engagement and higher emphasis on attendance and enrolment. SMS is on track on its journey of touching 1000 schools by 2017 under the initiative.

As part of SMS campaign, 55 schools have been revitalized in Rajasthan along with different implementing partners, including RTI, till date which is positively impacting more than 13000 students. 

 

 About Support My School Campaign:

Coca-Cola India & NDTV launched Support My School in association with the UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) in 2011. It undertakes the following activities:

  • Provision of improved access to water
  • Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
  • Improvement in the overall school infrastructure and environment
  • Provision for sports and recreational facilities and
  • Recharging groundwater through rainwater harvesting

With such necessary amenities in place, schools are able to provide a cleaner and healthier environment more conducive to learning.

About Coca-Cola India:

Coca-Cola India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its products – Aquarius, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Fanta, Fanta Green, Mango, Limca, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Maaza, VIO flavoured milk ‘Almond Delight’ and ‘Kesar Delight’, Minute Maid range of juices, FUZE Iced tea, Georgia and Georgia gold range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, Schweppes, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water and Kinley Club Soda. The Company along with its bottling partners and through a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country – Sprite and Thums Up – being the top two selling sparkling beverages.

The Coca-Cola India system provides direct employment to 25,000 people and indirect employment to more than 150,000 people. The Coca-Cola system in India is contributing in its own small way to building sustainable communities through community initiatives like Coca-Cola Support My School, Thums Up VEER, Coca-Cola Parivartan, Maaza Unnati and by reducing its own environmental footprint. For further information on the

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 About Roundtable India:

Round Table is an organization of young men aimed at promoting community service and goodwill in National & International Affairs. Round Table is present in 67 Countries worldwide with over 65,000 members. In India there are more than 280 Chapters / Tables spread across 105 Cities & Towns with over 4000 members who are entrepreneurs, technocrats & professionals.

Round Table India is involved in building Class Rooms, Toilets and providing other amenities like Drinking water facility, Library, Science lab etc to schools across the country that are catering to children from underprivileged sections of the society. Since 1997 Round Table India has built over 5377 Classrooms in 2172 Schools impacting 5.92 Million children across India at an outlay of Rs.179.19 Crores.