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|The PepsiCorps team with the Queen Mother of the Ketu South District - Ghana.|
The inaugural PepsiCorps team arrived in Ghana last Friday, Oct.14. The team will engage in month-long projects that address local needs while deepening PepsiCo's understanding of local communities and developing the leadership skills of participating associates. As the eight team members had gotten to know each other through numerous conference calls in preparation for their work, there was no need for formal handshakes when they finally met in person – they had already established bonds of friendship.
In the first few days on the ground, the team toured the village of Denu to learn more about the local community and its needs. PepsiCorps also hosted a full-day meeting with local leaders and government officials, including more than 30 assemblymen and department heads as well as the Queen Mother of the Ketu South District.
Local leaders have responded enthusiastically to the PepsiCorps team’s proposed scope of work in Ghana. The community endorsement has bolstered the confidence of team members in the market-based sustainability initiatives they are in Ghana to advance.
“Our global team bonded closely in the first two days, truly demonstrating how our associates across the world are part of one big PepsiCo family,” said Emily Kiely, a PepsiCorps program lead (pictured with the group above) who traveled to Ghana to help the team get started. “Now the work begins as we partner with the local community to increase access to clean water, improve sanitation and foster eco-tourism to help lift the local economy.”
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