Mr. Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, and President of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain along with senior government functionaries and dignitaries dedicated the Nallagutta School in Ranigunj, Secunderabad, revitalized under the nationally renowned Support My School campaign
Present at the event to lend their support were Mr. Mukesh Kumar Meena, IAS, District Collector & Magistrate, Hyderabad and Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner and Director, Muncipal Administration, Hyderabad
With this, The Support My School campaign has completed revitalization in 200 schools under Season 2 of the initiative, touching the lives of over 80,000 students
The school has been revitalized with contributions from campaign partner Plan International who joined the initiative at the launch of Season 2 in San Francisco in August, 2012
APSA, the local NGO worked on ground to help revitalized facilities including better access to toilets for boys and girls and clean drinking water, sports facilities and a rainwater harvesting unit.

Hyderabad, 13th July, 2013: On its road to rebuild healthy, active and happy schools in rural and semi-urban India, Coca-Cola India, in association with NGO partner Plan India, dedicated the Nallagutta School in Ranigunj, Secunderabad, revitalized under the company’s Support My School campaign. The dedication marks the completion of revitalization work in 200 schools under Season 2 of the campaign, touching the lives of 1 lakh students across India. Pledges of over Rs. 13.5 crore were raised for revitalization work under the second leg of the campaign, which was officially kicked off in August 2012. Campaign partner Plan India provided the contributions to restore and revamp the Nallagutta School.

The school was dedicated to the children and community of Ranigunj by Mr. Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, and President of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain along with senior government functionaries and dignitaries including Mr. Mukesh Kumar Meena, IAS, District Collector & Magistrate, Hyderabad and Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy, Commissioner and Director, Muncipal Administration, Hyderabad.

Enthused by the progress made by the initiative, Campaign Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar said, “I’d like to congratulate Coca-Cola on this endeavour. We completed Season 1 on a high mark with a century of schools revitalized under the initiative. As the campaign moves into the completion of Season 2, I am keenly looking forward to achieving the 200 mark! All the campaign partners have worked hard to reach this landmark. I hope these revitalized schools will act as an example for relevant authorities to come forth and replicate, towards creating a renewed education landscape for the children of our country.”

Launched in January 2011, the Support My School campaign aims to create happy and healthy learning environments for students across rural and semi-urban India by providing schools with basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys. Over 43,000 students across 10 states were impacted over Season 1 of the campaign.

Speaking about the project, Mr. Irial Finan, Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company, and President of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain said, “India provides a great example of the way business will partner with communities going forward. In order to grow sustainably, we must first ensure the communities in which we do business are on solid footing and that we are making investments in the future of those communities and its people. The Support My School campaign has been a shining star in Coca-Cola India’s efforts to support sustainable growth. Our system is proud to be a partner and it is gratifying to be here today and witness how our collaboration with the community and governmental partners are making a difference in the lives of these students. Assisting 200 schools is a great achievement and we remain ready to continue to assist many other students across this great country.”

Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, “Plan India has always partnered with causes which enable children to exercise their right to education, irrespective of their social background. Our journey with Support My School has been very exciting and we are proud to be part of this dedication today. As Season 2 moves towards completing 200 schools, we look forward to creating more of such life-impacting change for the children of the country.”

About Support My School Campaign

Coca-Cola India joined hands with NDTV to launch Support My School in association with UN-Habitat, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Pearson Foundation and Tata Teleservices. It undertakes the following core activities:

Provision of improved access to water
Appropriate sanitation facility for girls and boys
Improvement in the overall infrastructure and environment
Provision for sports and recreation 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.

Education in rural India suffers from several issues where lack of sanitation is a key reason for absenteeism and dropouts amongst students. This is especially noted in young girls who are forced to quit as they enter adolescence due to a lack of clean and functional toilets. Children are also likely to fall sick more often without clean water to drink or to wash hands. Support My School endeavors to eliminate this basic concern by spreading the initiative across the country with the help of campaign partners to execute the same.

About Coca-Cola and Citizenship

The Coca-Cola Company has always placed high value on good citizenship. At the heart of business is a mission statement called the Coca-Cola Promise — “The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone that it touches.” This basic proposition means – that the company’s business should refresh the markets, protect, preserve and enhance the environment and strengthen the community. Coca-Cola India provides extensive support for community programs across the country, with a focus on education, health and water conservation. For further information on Company’s India operations and its products, please visit www.coca-colaindia.com