Nestle Cocoa

A Kid’s Place Is In School

See how building schools supports proper education and a better future for kids in the cocoa communities.

Better Lives


Better Lives

Welcome to the village of Zibouyaokro. Pop into the school and visit a farm to understand how education and enabling women helps to build a more sustainable future.

Tackling Child Labour


In order to provide children a better chance in life, in 2011 Nestlé started a school building programme in the areas of Nestlé Cocoa Plan co-operatives. All schools are built to the government standard, and once construction is complete they are handed over to the local authority, who staff and maintain them. We have partnered with NGOs, World Cocoa Foundation and the International Cocoa Initiative to build the schools. As from 2016 we will focus any further school building on areas with the highest need and incidence of child labour.

Water & Sanitation

228,861 people have benefitted from our work with International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Red Cross Society in Côte d’Ivoire.

The work is focused on water and sanitation provision and education.

A total of 171 water pumps, 93 blocks of school toilets and 215 school hand washing facilities have been built or renovated over the past four years in communities and schools in rural areas of the country where Nestlé sources cocoa. In addition, 7,075 family latrines have been built, and 143,227 people have learnt about hygiene and sanitation, including how to store water and treat it safely at home as well as how to build safe sanitation facilities.

As part of the initiative, local people also learnt about how to prevent diarrheal diseases, currently the world’s second leading cause of death in children under five. 

Gender Equality

Meet Agathe Vanie, president of an all female cocoa Farming Co-operative. Be inspired, as she relates her campaign to give women the chance to make their own living through cocoa farming and the help we gave.

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