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Suqia And Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity And Humanitarian Establishment Conclude CSR Campaign In Upper Egypt
(28 December 2017)


Under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment concluded their voluntary campaign to implement sustainable development and humanitarian projects in the governorates of Qena, Luxor, and Aswan, in Upper Egypt, in partnership with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Dubai Press Club. The campaign aims to achieve the objectives of the Year of Giving 2017, and prepare for the Year of Zayed 2018. The campaign was attended by a group of volunteers, from DEWA, as well as media professionals, in cooperation with the Dubai Press Club.

The campaign lasted eight days, and included projects for the installation of clean water distribution networks, in Kom Ombo and Khor Awada area, Hagar village in Armant center, and other villages in Upper Egypt. It also laid the foundation stone for the installation of two domestic water filters, in Abu Rish Qebli, in Aswan, and Naga Al-Gharb, in Luxor. Moreover, it also included several operational projects, by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment. These consisted of distributing fishing boats and yarn for fishing, as well as sewing machines and blankets for villagers. A total of 170,000 people benefitted from these projects.

“This campaign aims to help our brothers in the villages of Upper Egypt, to support our initiatives for the Year of Giving 2017, and prepare for the Year of Zayed 2018; the year of doing good. As His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, once observed, ‘Real giving is making a difference…. difference in a man's life, society or the progress of a country’. We are inspired by this vision that prioritises volunteer work to benefit societies, and to provide a better life for people all around the world. Suqia has implemented projects providing drinking water to 8 million people, in 25 countries worldwide, up to the end of 2017, in collaboration with a number of leading charity organisations,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia.

Al Tayer applauded the efforts done by the volunteering group for this campaign, and expressed his happiness, highlighting the efforts of Emirati youth who have the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s humanitarian principles instilled in them.

Al Tayer commended the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment’s role in the implementation of sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He appreciated the efforts of the organisers work in strengthening cooperation in the field of CSR.

“We will continue to do CSR work, in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment, to spread the concept of CSR, and support the integrated sustainable system of volunteering and community cohesion, among our employees and the community,” added Al Tayer.

HE Ibrahim Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Head of the DIHQA organising committee, noted that the support of the UAE's wise leadership for CSR work has led to raising the level of Emirati charity organisations to a high level of excellence and leadership. This supports the UAE’s approach in promoting CSR and humanitarian work.

“Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which stresses the need for cooperation between all departments to provide the best services, and under the patronage of the MBRGI, the organisation is keen to establish partnerships with various government sectors to provide aid to maximum number of people. Our partnership with DEWA and Suqia is a vivid example of what can be done between organisations that implement projects for the benefit of humanity,” added Bu Melha.

Bu Melha thanked DEWA and Suqia’s senior management for their cooperation, as it reflects the management’s knowledge of their responsibility in such joint work, and their understanding of the need to support CSR work. Bu Melha highlighted his hopes that this partnership would motivate other organisations to implement CSR projects, inside and outside the UAE.

“This trip changed my view of life. It was a truly humanitarian project. We presented several community development projects to the people of Upper Egypt. These included the installation of distribution networks and filters to facilitate access to clean water. We also distributed blankets to families. I am confident that these projects will continue after the Year of Giving, especially in the Year of Zayed,” said Aysha Mohammed Alremeithi, volunteer and senior technical graduate in DEWA, and a member of the Dubai Youth Council.

“I was honoured to participate in this volunteer trip with a group of Emirati youth to contribute to the implementation of projects to provide clean drinking water to houses in different villages in Upper Egypt. This trip allowed volunteers to directly communicate with the villagers, and listen to their stories. This allowed them to discover the humanitarian aspect in the lives of the people of that area,” said Anoud Al Marzouki, volunteer and senior executive in Distribution (Power), and member of DEWA’s Youth Council.

Sustainability is one of the themes supported by DEWA’s Youth Council, due to the essential role of Emirati youth in supporting the comprehensive sustainable development process, in the UAE and beyond.

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