The employees of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) have donated AED 475,000 to the UAE Water Aid campaign.
An extra 603,000 people who lack access to clean water will benefit from the UAE Water Aid Campaign after it raised more than AED 140 million, surpassing its own targeted amount needed to help five million people in developing countries in particular.
The AED 140,081,000 raised so far by the UAE Water Aid from government departments, companies and individuals will help 5,603,000 people around the world gain access to potable water, according to the Organizing Committee of UAE Water Aid.
The initiative set a goal of raising AED125 million. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai has, on behalf of the citizens of the UAE, made a personal donation of AED 25 million to the UAE Water Aid campaign. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also announced a foundation would be set up to focus on water sustainability and innovation research, and a $1 million award to find sustainable and innovative solutions for water purification using solar energy.
Emirates Red Crescent, the organization that is executing the water projects, said that it has completed 177 projects to provide water to 267, 960 people in Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Tanzania, and Iraq. Afghanistan was one of the first countries to benefit from the project. Seventy-three wells have been drilled to aid 15,960 people in areas that have the most difficulty accessing water