Beginning this September, the Seton Hall community will be taking part in PROJECT RIPPLE to lend support to African communities. The project, a collaboration between Seton Hall, Global Water Challenge and The Coca-Cola Company, is designed to channel funds to a non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting economic empowerment, safe drinking water initiatives or other projects that enhance the well-being of those living in what are known as “EKOCENTER” communities in Africa. The program runs through December 9.
An EKOCENTER is a modular community market that is run by a local female entrepreneur and can also provide safe drinking water, solar power and Internet access. In 2014, 25 EKOCENTERs were created in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Vietnam; in 2015, the goal is to place up to 150 additional centers throughout Asia, Africa and South America.
The contribution model is simple: Seton Hall students, faculty and visitors who purchase single-serve Coca-Cola beverages from dining facilities on campus will have the option to donate 2 cents with each purchase at the point of sale. In addition, Coca-Cola will match these 2 cent contributions up to a $5,000 capped amount. The program is designed to create a ripple effect of giving to help those in need around the world.
One hundred percent of the funds raised from consumer donations and matching contributions will be donated to Global Water Challenge, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation, which will work with Coca-Cola and Seton Hall to distribute the funds raised to help support people living in these African EKOCENTER communities.
Seton Hall is among the first universities in the nation to join the RIPPLE project. Other universities and organizations are expected to join during the 2016 spring semester.
To learn more about this project please, contact Adam Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.