UAE charities organise volunteering campaign in Upper Egypt

DUABI, 1st October, 2018 (WAM) — As part of its initiatives during the Year of Zayed, the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, organised a volunteering campaign in Upper Egypt under the theme ‘Ayadi Zayed’ (The hands of Zayed).

The campaign, which included volunteers from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), carried out number of developmental and operational projects. This is the second volunteering campaign this year following the first campaign in July 2018.

The 4-day campaign covered a number of villages in the governorates of Luxor and Qena in the south of Egypt. The projects included extending potable water networks to 80 houses, and distributing operational projects to around 400 families. These included fishing boats, transport motorcycles, and cattle and sheep breeding. The campaign also laid the foundation stone for a housing project in the presence of Major General Abdul Hamid al-Hagan, Governor of Qena. Volunteers also distributed blankets, clothes for children, and meat and food staples for around 600 families. The team also followed up on the projects implemented by the two organisations last December as part of the Al Khair campaign during the Year of Giving 2017.

“Under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE continues the approach of giving and humanitarian work that was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The UAE is one of the world’s top donors, ranking first as the largest official development aid donor relative to national income in 2017,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, and MD & CEO of DEWA.

“The campaign, which is implemented by Suqia in cooperation with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment with the participation of DEWA volunteers, is part of Suqia’s humanitarian and social programme during the Year of Zayed, which marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Sheikh Zayed extended his helping hands to the needy all over the world. These efforts reflect the noble values and principles instilled by the Founding Father in the heart of Emiratis, including human development, wisdom, and philanthropy. Suqia’s programme this year include the 100 Volunteers Initiative to promote a culture of volunteering in society, the 100 Water Projects, and international initiatives to provide safe drinking water for needy communities as well as implement sustainable development projects that serve their needs,” added Al Tayer.

Chancellor Ibrahim Boumelha, Advisor to His Highness the Ruler of Dubai for Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, said that the Establishment is committed to adopting and launching many initiatives and programmes in line with declaring 2018 as the Year of Zayed by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. He noted that the Establishment’s initiatives and programmes implement the directives of President Khalifa which consolidate the values of giving, doing good deeds, and humanitarian work instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed in the Emirati people.

“The UAE will always continue to follow the approach derived from the eternal humanitarian teachings of the late Founding Father. This is the UAE’s strategy and solid approach in giving and helping all those in need. The UAE will continue to be a model and landmark for charity and humanitarian work,” said Boumelha.

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