Coca-Cola Funds “Global Shapers Community” Leaders

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Social entrepreneurs can be highly effective change agents who can solve problems by building on local capacities. They can employ their local knowledge and networks to find practical solutions for problems faced by local communities.

To encourage these change agents, the Coca-Cola Company has announced grants for five winners of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge. The competition was held exclusively for members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

Global Shapers are young leaders in the age group of 20 to 30 years who are organized into a network of nearly 500 city-based hubs worldwide. Global Shapers launch projects that address the world’s most pressing concerns, with an opportunity to win seed money to expand their initiatives.

Clyde Tuggle, Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer at Coca-Cola, said that the Challenge was founded three years ago with an aim to self-start young peopleand help bring their innovative solutions oriented projects to scale. Adrian Monck, Head of Public Engagement and Foundations at the World Economic Forum, said that Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Global Shapers Community is helping Global Shapers to make a lasting impact, one city at a time.

This year’s Grand Prize winner from Kathmandu, Nepal will receive a $20,000 grant for its “Nepal Earthquake Relief Project.” In the aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the rural area of Sindhupal Chowk 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 acceleration funding from Coca-Cola, the Sindhupal Chowk Health Post will become the first fully operational health post in post-earthquake Nepal. Furthermore, they will install new medical equipment, train additional medical personnel, and implement clean water and sanitation community education programs in the region.

Coca-Cola has also awarded four $10,000 grants for a drinking water project in Colombia; a community education project for women safety in India; a solar lighting project for rehab centers for the disabled in Palestine; and a solar powered e-device based education project in Switzerland.

Source: Business Wire

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