UAE Water Aid provides clean drinking water for 2.778 million people and achieves 56% of its objectives

July 1, 2014 9:26 am

UAE Water Aid campaign’s humanitarian contributions have reached Dhs69.450m on the third day of its launch. The amount collected can provide fresh drinking water for 2.778 million persons from developing countries; this number constitutes 57% of the 5 million persons the campaign is targeting.

The UAE Water Aid campaign has witnessed great reaction from public and private sectors in addition to businessmen and civil society organizations. 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 persons around the world who suffer from shortage of potable water.

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.

The third day of the UAE Water Aid Campaign included Dhs7m from Economic Zones World, Dhs2.5m from Road and Transport Authority, Dhs2m from Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Dhs2m from Dubai Chamber, Dhs0.5m from Al Baraha Quran School and Dhs0.2m from Unknown benefactor.

It is worth mentioning that the UAE Water Aid campaign has received a broad welcome locally, regionally and internationally, confirming that the UAE is a country of giving and its prudent leadership is an example of generosity and bounteousness. 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 a real capital of humanitarian activities, highly commending the valuable role of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 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.