Etihad Aviation Group has plans in store to fund the construction of 30 water wells in three African nations, to assist in easing a critical shortage of clean water in remote communities.
The initiative was announced by group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, in support of the ‘Well of Hope’ water security initiative launched during Ramadan by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Globally, more than 844 million people lack access to clean drinking water, equivalent to one in every 10 people on earth. Each day, over 800 children under five years of age die due to the consumption of contaminated water or exposure to poor health conditions.
Douglas revealed that the construction of the water wells in the select locations of Nigeria, Mauritania and Sierra Leone would begin by the end of 2019, as part of Etihad Airways’ commitment to humanitarian aid through its CSR programme.
“Etihad Aviation Group is committed to supporting or initiating campaigns for the betterment of communities in need, and water security is a critical issue. This initiative reflects our recognition of this crisis, and our commitment to contribute in a small way to a practical solution,” Douglas remarked.
Last week, hundreds of Etihad Airways employees ‘pumped’ 20,595 litres of water through a virtual pumping device, as part of the ‘Well of Hope’ water security initiative, which is committed to matching the virtual water volumes achieved by 20 private or public organisations in the UAE with an equivalent amount of clean water in needy remote communities.