On its eighth day running, the sum of donations collected by the UAE Water Aid campaign has reached Dhs90.1m through generous contributions from government entities, community institutions, businessmen and individuals alike.
The amount collected can provide fresh drinking water to more than 3.6 million distressed people in poor countries; 72% of the campaign’s target of 5 million people.
The Water Aid Campaign was launched by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan to provide access to fresh drinking water for 5 million people around the world who suffer from shortage of potable water. The World Health Organization (WHO) figures show that a child dies every 21 seconds from a water-related illness and 9,863 people die every day from thirst and water related diseases.
Donations on the eighth day included Dhs2.5m from Dubai Drydocks whereas the Kanoo Group donated Dhs1m. A three-year old Emirati child has become the youngest individual to contribute to the campaign with a generous donation of AED500,000. Donations collected on the eighth day of the campaign are enough to dig more than 3,600 wells and provide clean drinking water to 160,000 people in areas lacking potable water in various regions of the world.
The UAE people’s immediate response to the UAE Water Aid campaign underlines the noble values of the people of country. Media have valued UAE role as capital of humanitarian initiatives, highly commending the role His Highness Sheikh Mohammed in the various areas of charitable and humanitarian work.
UAE Water Aid campaign comes in the light of the aggravation of water scarcity issue in many parts of the world over the past decades. This scarcity has resulted in threatening the life of millions of people, heralding grave dangers if world countries and international bodies do not initiate prompt plans and strategies so as to bring forward radical solutions for this issue in afflicted areas.
World Health Organisation (WHO) figures show that more than 3.4 million die every year due to thirst and diseases caused by unclean water.