As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility towards empowering women and youth, the Coca-Cola Foundation, through the New World Program (NWP), has given a grant worth $100,000 to Mental And Environmental Development Initiative For Children (MEDIC) towards implementing a Recycling Scheme for Women and Youth Empowerment (RESWAYE).
The Coca-Cola Company said it recognizes the challenge of plastic waste disposal in the world, including in Nigeria.
The company added that is currently running a World Without Waste program which seeks to not only educate people on waste disposal but also to work with relevant stakeholders such as MEDIC to improve plastic waste disposal and recycling procedure.
Speaking on behalf of The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) on the grant awarded to MEDIC for RESWAYE, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe explained that what RESWAYE does is it focuses on two crucial passion points for us at Coca-Cola which are women’s empowerment and sustainable waste management.
“We recognize the importance of preserving our environment and we are passionate about empowering women to reach their full potential. For this reason, we are excited to be partnering with MEDIC on this,” he added.
Remarking on the launch of the Recycling Scheme for Women and Youth Empowerment (RESWAYE), Doyinsola Ogunye, Founder of MEDIC said, “We’ve been working in this community for over five years, but mostly with the children. With RESWAYE, we’re empowering the women to not only give occupy them but to also equip them enough to provide for and take care of their families.
“This launch is a historic event because this is the first ever network of women who recycle in Nigeria and we can’t be more proud.”
Commenting on why MEDIC was chosen, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe said, “We are proud to partner with them on the Recycling Scheme for Women and Youth Empowerment (RESWAYE) to tackle Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 13, 14, and 15, which are: Climate Action, Life Underwater, and Life on Land. RESWAYE seeks to empower self-motivated women and young people who are ready to make a positive change in their environment.”
The Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) is an NGO focused towards building sustainable environment and oceans through improved education and job creation for more resilient communities. They stand for growth and are passionate about what they do for communities, especially towards plastic pollution, recycling and empowering women.