The Coca-Cola Company in Ghana in partnership with Kalsoume Sinare Baffoe has distributed over 2,000 shoes to schools in the 3 Northern regions of Ghana. The distribution was timed to mark the launch of The Kalsoume Sinare Foundation as well as the commencement of Coca-Cola’s 5by20 Women’s Economic Empowerment program in the North.
Kalsoume, who hails from Gambaga and Paga in the North, expressed her gratitude to Coca-Cola for the opportunity to return to her roots and give back to needy children in the North. Her foundation aims to focus on humanitarian service to the under privileged.
The Coca-Cola Company’s5 BY 20 initiative aims to empower 5 million women within the company’s global footprint by 2020 with basic entrepreneurial skills training, access to peer and mentor networks and access to credit. Credit support will be provided by UT Bank under its Strategies Towards Reaching and Assisting Women (STRAW) partnership with Coca-Cola. Over 1,000 women across the 3 Northern regionshave signed up to benefit from the program.
The journey, led by the Head of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa Madam Ama Bawuah started in Tamale and moved to Bawku, Bolgatanga, Paga and Wawith distribution of shoes to needy school children in schools including Tamale Methodist Apkema, Guunayili, Anwar-Dua, BawkuNayoko, Mount Sinai, Pingo-Nabango, Sirigu, Jujedayri and Wechiau.
Kalsoume, interacting with the children, who were very excited to meet the actress, promised to make sure children in deprived communities who cannot afford to be in school due to lack of educational materials, uniforms and shoes are supported through her foundation.