Five Cities to Receive Acceleration Funding
DAVOS, Switzerland – January 21, 2015
The Coca-Cola Company today announced the 2015 winners of the
This year’s Grand Prize Winner from Kathmandu, Nepal will receive a $20,000 grant for their “Nepal Earthquake Relief Project.”
In the aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the rural area of Sindhupalchowk was left with only one functioning health post to serve an estimated 40,000 villagers in the region. The Global Shapers took swift action in organizing a collaborative earthquake relief effort to rebuild this important community resource. With their acceleration funding from
“Three years ago we founded the ‘Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge’ because the most powerful thing we can do for self-starting young people is to help bring their innovative, solutions oriented projects to scale,” said Clyde Tuggle, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The
Adrian Monck, Head of Public Engagement and Foundations at the World Economic Forum, said, “The
The Coca-Cola Company has also awarded five $10,000 grants for the following projects:
- Cartagena, Colombia: Increasing the community’s access to clean drinking water. The “Water for Life” project is distributing water filters that are portable and require no electricity to function to at-risk communities in the region.
- Chandigarh, India: Addressing gender based violence in India. The “I Break My Silence” project creates an ecosystem of community based education and awareness programming to create safer environments for women.
- Gaza, Palestine: Installing solar lighting systems in rehabilitation centers for the disabled. The “Solar Power Lighting Disabled Lives” project ensures consistent access to the center’s therapeutic services for this high-need community during power outages in the area.
- Geneva, Switzerland: Increasing access to educational materials through the distribution of repurposed solar powered e-devices, such as ebook readers, laptops and MP3-players. The “Reading 4 Change” project creatively reduces
e-waste, while simultaneously helping those in need.
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The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.
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