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Coca-Cola and World Vision dedicated the revitalized facilities Thimmareddy Govt. High School, Bangalore to the community members
Mr. Dana Bolden, Director- PAC, Bottling Investment Group, The
Support My School provides improved access to safe water and adequate sanitation, facilities for sports and recreation, library and teacher training facilities, a clean and green environment and a structure for rain water harvesting.
Bangalore, September 9 2014: Coca-Cola’s Support My School campaign, an initiative to build Happy, Healthy and Active Schools for students in rural and semi-urban areas, today dedicated revitalised water, sanitation and recreational facilities at the Thimmareddy Govt. High School, Bangalore. Mr. M Krishnappa ,Hon. Member of Legislative Assembly, South Bangalore Constituency & Mrs. Padmavathi, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) South Range-Bangalore, along with Mr. Dana Bolden, Director- PAC, Bottling Investment Group (BIG), The
Support My School has installed basic amenities such as functional and separate toilets for boys and girls, improved access to clean and safe drinking water, improved the overall infrastructure and environment of the Thimmareddy Govt. High School. World Vision also conducted WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Awareness programs for the thousand plus students in the school.
Speaking on the occasion, Dana Bolden, Director – PAC, Bottling Investment Group, The
A panel of women bloggers from across America and Canada were also present at the school to witness one of
“World Vision has always been committed to providing a safe and hygienic environment for students across the country and the transformation of the current school systems in rural and semi-urban areas of India. Our journey with Support My School has been very exciting and we are proud to be part of this dedication today. We have worked with SMS on many clusters across India and we look forward to creating more of such life-impacting change for the children of the country” said D. Vijaykumar, Associate Director and Head Corporate Partnership World Vision.
Thanking the campaign for the revitalization work done in their school, Mrs. V. Vimla Principal, Thimmareddy Govt. High School said, “Thank you Support My School for changing the foundation of our school and boosting student and staff morale. I thank
Coca-Cola India’s Support My School, a SanitationPLUS solution is implemented by grassroot NGOs. It recently celebrated completion of over 350 schools in India in 18 states across the country, impacting 125,000 children with an investment of over INR 20 crores so far. The funds invested in the facilities were raised from over 50 corporate donors and partners, with
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.
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. Over the last 20 years, ever since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products –
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve the world’s poor – regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.