Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etihad Aviation Group will fund the construction of 30 water wells in selected locations Africa to help reduce the scarcity of clean water around the continent, with the initiative being driven as part of the Well of Hope initiative that was launched as part of the Holy Month of Ramadan by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Etihad-funded water wells will be constructed in designated locations within Nigeria, Mauritania, and Sierra Leone by the end of 2019.
Commenting on the campaign, group chief executive officer of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: “This initiative reflects our recognition of the water crisis, and our commitment to contribute in a small way to a practical solution."
Last month, Dubai Municipality revealed that it was working on the construction of six water wells in seven countries that are faced with acute water crisis, including Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Tajikistan.
Dubai Municipality’s initiative will help meet the water needs of more than 34,300 people in these seven countries.
According to report by state-run news agency, Wam, more than 844 million people around the world – or one in every 10 people – are deprived access to clean drinking water.