ETHIOPIA – Heineken Ethiopia, having three brewery plants has allocated a total of over 4.5 million Br (US$131,600) to efforts to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ethiopia.

The brewer has so far donated 3 million Br (US$87,700) to the national resource mobilisation committee focused on mitigating the spread of the corona virus.

In addition, the company said that it has spent 1.4 million Br (US$40,900) to support 1,400 households encountering economic difficulties due to the pandemic in Addis Abeba, Harar and Bedele.

The support includes five litres of cooking oil, five kilograms of flour, five packages of pasta, and five kilograms of rice. The support packages cost the company 1,200 Br (US$35) on average for each household, reports Addis Fortune.

To promote proper sanitation by washing of hands as one of the protocols recommended by the World Health Organization to curb spread of the virus, the company has spent 550,000 Br (US$16,000) to set up hand washing stations around four high-traffic areas – Mercato, Asko, Akaki and Megenagna – which have been operational since March 24, 2020.

The company also distributed 50,000 packages of soap in the capital, Bedele and Harar.

Heineken Ethiopia further revealed that it has handed out 60,000 surgical masks, 9,000 bottles of sanitiser and food items to residents in Ledeta District in the capital, as well as in Jimma, Gambella, Arbaminch, Jinka and Kombolcha.

Food and beverage company PepsiCo Ethiopia, has also unveiled a US$250,000 initiative in partnership with Mekedonia Humanitarian Association to provide meals to the most vulnerable communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Give Meals Give Hope initiative led the Ethiopian subsidiary of the multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation, PepsiCo and its philanthropic arm, The PepsiCo Foundation, will serve more than 420,000 meals to communities most impacted by the socio-economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

The donation will be able to provide meals consistently for 2,000 people for more than 100 days.

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