year of giving

UAE youth help supply water to underprivileged in Egypt

Water meters installed in 500 homes that will benefit around 5,000 in Egypt

Staff Report
19:01 November 12, 2017


Some 500 underprivileged people in Egypt will now receive clean water supply thanks to the help of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) Youth Council.

The council installed water meters in 500 homes in Upper Egypt that is expected to benefit around 5,000 people.

The project is part of Dewa’s commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), in cooperation with the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), and under the umbrella of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), as part of the Year of Giving 2017 and the Year of Zayed 2018.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dewa, said Dewa is keen on motivating youth to follow the path of the UAE’s wise leadership.

“We are pleased that the Youth Council has taken this initiative, and are proud of its contribution to the implementation of this important sustainable project in our second country, Egypt. Many underprivileged families had to travel long distances daily to get clean water. With the completion of the water supply project, we have provided a sustainable solution to this problem, and put an end to the daily suffering of our people in the villages of Upper Egypt,” Al Tayer said.

Mohammad Abdul Karim Al Shamsi, Acting Executive Director of Suqia, said the initiative is in line with Suqia’s efforts to spread the culture of volunteering and CSR among the youth.

“Our cooperation with the Dewa Youth Council is part of our efforts to serve the community, through providing clean drinking water, especially as Suqia works to expand its policy in charitable and humanitarian endeavours, to establish community partnerships with various government sectors,” Al Shamsi said.

Fatima Mohammad Al Joker, Chairperson of Dewa’s Youth Council, noted that this CSR initiative aims to establish the principle of volunteerism among UAE youth, since the role played by the youth in the community is an essential one. Accordingly, the Youth Council has included a full focus in its work plan on sustainability, and the promotion of the values of giving, in line with the objectives of the Year of Giving, to serve all members of society.