Almost 100,000 people in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire are now able to access clean drinking water and sanitation facilities thanks to an initiative by Nestlé and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Red Cross Society.
A total of 50 water pumps and 68 blocs of school toilets have been built or renovated over the past four years in communities and schools in rural areas of the country where Nestlé sources cocoa.
A total of 94,071 people have learnt about hygiene and sanitation, including how to store water and treat it safely at home as well as how to build safe sanitation facilities. Among these, 35,000 children, who learnt about the importance of hand-washing at specific times of the day.
As part of the initiative, local people also leart about how to prevent diarrhoeal diseases, currently the world’s second leading cause of death in children under five.