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(Yahoo)   Philanthropist figures out that hey, since Coca-cola seems to be able to distribute its products to every village, no matter how remote, on the African continent maybe I can convince them to take a little food and medicine on their trucks as well   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 26
    More: Cool, Africans, Coca-Cola, child mortality, villages, the Coca-Cola Company, Zambia, medications, food distribution  
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2013-03-29 01:43:15 PM
4 votes:
Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water
2013-03-29 02:44:26 PM
2 votes:

whistleridge: Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


Don't take this the wrong way, but wouldn't it have been a lot easier if you'd just hopped on the back of the Coke truck?
2013-03-29 02:25:33 PM
2 votes:

SpdrJay: Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!


What do you think the trucks pick up when the leave? Do you actually think they just give them coke and let the trucks leave empty?
2013-03-29 02:15:44 PM
2 votes:

legion_of_doo: what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?



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2013-03-29 02:12:56 PM
2 votes:
what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?
2013-03-29 06:27:44 PM
1 votes:

Slives: My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.


Someone has to think of it. And sometimes ideas that seem glaringly obvious once they've been done just didn't occur to anyone for a long time.

Did this idea ever occur to YOU before just now? That a Coke delivery truck could deliver other stuff besides Coke if necessary?
2013-03-29 06:09:03 PM
1 votes:

stewbert: Don't take this the wrong way, but wouldn't it have been a lot easier if you'd just hopped on the back of the Coke truck?


If by 'truck' you mean 'donkey cart', then yes...I suppose I could have done that. But it would have taken a LOT longer, so why bother?
2013-03-29 04:51:45 PM
1 votes:

whistleridge: Truth.

I served in the Peace Corps, waaaaay out in the back beyond of Burkina Faso. To get to my site, you had to:

1. Fly to Burkina Faso (not easy in and of itself...I think international flights only come in every 3rd day or so).
2. Take a 9 hour bus ride out towards the eastern part of the country.
3. Get out in the middle of nowhere, and wait 2 - 8 hours for a bush taxi to come along.
4. Take an insanely crowded bush taxi another 4 hours out into the deep bush.
5. Get off in the middle of nowhere, with your bike.
6. Ride your bike 30k on trails, until you got to my village.

We had Coke. Delivered 3 times weekly. It cost $.60 per 500ml bottle. It wasn't cold (no power out there), but it was Coke. And yeah...we frequently had the delivery guys bring other stuff too.

/ for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


Does no one see the wonder?  The AWE?  Capitalism is an amazing beast.  It delivers a dehydrating drink to the deep bush, but you can't find an immodium to save your life.
2013-03-29 04:22:54 PM
1 votes:

scubamage: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.

The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.

Coke?
Okay.

Hahaha, no worries :) It's friday!


I would have thought the word most often spoken would be Hello/'ello/'allo.
2013-03-29 04:15:18 PM
1 votes:

bunner: But how will that enhance their net profit statements per quarter?  you can't just do something useful because you rake in billions.


It wouldn't surprise me if it lets them write off part of their distribution costs as a charitable contribution.
2013-03-29 04:14:36 PM
1 votes:

Slives: My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.



See! That's when you know you've had a brilliant idea. You look around and feel stupid you didn't think of it before.
2013-03-29 03:31:36 PM
1 votes:

wildcardjack: I'm pretty sure that Coca Cola does not go out of their way to get product to each and every remote village. They make the product available to distributors who then get it out to every little village. If it was in their economic interests before you wouldn't be hearing about it.


 whistleridge: for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water

If the air is dry and you have a water supply (doesn't need to be pressurized, but potable) I could probably rig up an evaporative cooling system that would weigh next to nothing. And if bike pumps are a regular sight then I could make the kit in a few parts, mainly a tank and hose.


I was on the same thing it path. Evaporative cooling equals comfy weather and a mildly chilled coke. Also a Peltier effect cooler and a dollar panel would do nicely.

As for the program, that's cool that is being done.
2013-03-29 03:26:19 PM
1 votes:
HMMM...

"Child mortality was very high, and the second biggest killer was diarrhea, which is simple to prevent."

Caffeine is a diuretic...

Here's an easier way to prevent childhood deaths from diarrhea... Use a bananna...

Put it right up the tailpipe of the coca-cola truck.

Problem solved.
2013-03-29 03:09:53 PM
1 votes:

Mimic_Octopus: Slives: My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.

You seem to think everyone gives a fark about the bushwhackers.   I dont really give a shiat about anything that happens outside my 300 mile radius unless i go on vacation somewhere.  deal with your own problems i have my own right near my home.


I know, because contagious diseases never make it from rural parts of the world to urban parts and cause massive problems, so we shouldn't attempt to treat those diseases there before they reach pandemic proportions.
2013-03-29 02:57:47 PM
1 votes:
Sure, they have money for coke but none for water or medicine!

Unoriginal_Username: SpdrJay: Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!

What do you think the trucks pick up when the leave? Do you actually think they just give them coke and let the trucks leave empty?


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2013-03-29 02:50:29 PM
1 votes:
I'm pretty sure that Coca Cola does not go out of their way to get product to each and every remote village. They make the product available to distributors who then get it out to every little village. If it was in their economic interests before you wouldn't be hearing about it.


 

whistleridge: for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


If the air is dry and you have a water supply (doesn't need to be pressurized, but potable) I could probably rig up an evaporative cooling system that would weigh next to nothing. And if bike pumps are a regular sight then I could make the kit in a few parts, mainly a tank and hose.
2013-03-29 02:40:26 PM
1 votes:

whistleridge: / for the record, when it's 120+ outside and 114 in the shade, 100+ degree Coke is...not...refreshing. But it beats hot beer or hot water


I'd disagree. It doesn't taste.....right at that temp. I can't stand room temp Coke, much less hot coke.
2013-03-29 02:23:05 PM
1 votes:
My question is why the fark did it take 20-odd years to pull this together? It should not have been that hard to get the idea out and spread around.

And like whislteridge said, the concept has been in use on a smaller scale for a long time.
2013-03-29 02:22:19 PM
1 votes:

scubamage: Lord Dimwit: I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.

Okay.


The article was trying to point out Coke's ubiquity.
2013-03-29 02:21:42 PM
1 votes:

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


...uhm, what?
2013-03-29 02:18:47 PM
1 votes:

Chach: Cool program. Wonder when the racist eugenicists will co-opt it and start trying to send along abortifacients and contraceptives.


Don't breed em if you can't feed em.
/Looking at YOU Detroit, South Carolina, et al.
2013-03-29 02:17:05 PM
1 votes:
I remember reading somewhere that the only word spoken on Earth more often than "Coca-Cola" or "Coke" is "okay". I'm not surprised, really.
2013-03-29 02:15:07 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-29 02:14:33 PM
1 votes:

legion_of_doo: what do you do with the glass coke bottle afterwards? throw it out of the airplane?


That always causes problems.
2013-03-29 02:14:22 PM
1 votes:
Hey! They could deliver some Walmart merchandise while they're at it!
2013-03-29 02:12:21 PM
1 votes:
WFT has this planet come to?
 
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