Over 300 Voltic Ghana employees joined waste pickers to clean some selected communities in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region on International Women’s Day meant to create awareness of women’s importance in the community.
The Public Affairs and Communication Manager of Voltic, Ms Joyce Ahiadorme, while addressing the women at the event, congratulated the waste pickers on their continuous efforts in keeping the city clean while earning a decent income.
She reiterated the commitment of Voltic to provide the needed support towards a sustainable environment.
She stated, “As a business, we are driven to ensure a sustainable waste management solution in the country. This informs Voltic’s emphasis on recycling as defined in our sustainability priorities. And because recycling starts with proper waste collection usually done by these waste pickers, we are here today to appreciate and empower women who play an unsung role in meeting this agenda.
“We shall continue to work with the government and other stakeholders as we play our part in the National Sanitation Campaign.”
Mrs Ahiadorme explained that it was important for businesses to continuously empower and celebrate women for sustainable growth.
She said in commemoration of the International Women’s Day, dubbed Press for Progress, Voltic GH Limited (Voltic) organised an event for plastic waste pickers in Kumasi on the theme, ‘Sustainable sanitation in Ghana, Celebrating the waste picker’.
“The event, which is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8, is set to empower and appreciate female waste pickers as well as provide some of the basic tools and health needs for their productivity. The activity also forms part of Voltic’s sustainability priorities to empower 1000 women in 2018.
“Under a coalition known as Ghana Recycling Initiatives by Private Enterprises (GRIPE), Voltic plays a key role in the cause to integrate sustainable waste management solutions in Ghana. “Voltic has also partnered Environment360 to establish Evolve – a successful community recycling programme which continuously undertakes activities to champion waste segregation awareness practices amongst Ghanaians,” she said.
Edmund Arthur Brown, a representative of Recycle Up, stated that, “women waste pickers work hard to boost recycling efforts but they are marginalized. This project is timely and we are proud to collaborate with Voltic to undertake the exercise.”
Ms Ama Duku, a participant, stated that, “I can take joy in my work. No one recognized me before so I had to shy away when picking with my hands. I haven’t seen a doctor in a long time but now I have learnt it is good to go for check-up and also save for my family. This new picking stick will help me so much. I am happy someone knows I am helping society. Thank you Voltic.”
Participants were treated to a free health screening for malaria, typhoid
fever, blood sugar, and hepatitis B and C. They received vaccination and free NHIS registration.
The event was organized in partnership with Technology Without Borders, a non-governmental organisation in Kumasi, under its flagship programme – Recycle Up, and the Hepatitis B Foundation of Ghana with support from LUV FM, and Kumasi Land Fill site.
Voltic, since its establishment in 1995, has widely invested in life-changing corporate social investments in the areas of health, sanitation, environment, education, women empowerment and rural developments as part of its contribution to the sustainable development of Ghana.
Voltic is one of the leading beverages and mineral water production company in Ghana and a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.