The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment declared that it has dug and constructed 102 wells to provide drinking water for 13 African and Asian countries, benefiting 164,000 people in the first half of this year, at a cost of more than AED 2,845,000.
Khalid Ali Bin Zayed, member of the Board of Trustees of the Establishment, declared to Al Ittihad that the Establishment has already started building and construction of 224 additional wells in the second half of this year to provide clean drinking water, whether for human beings, watering livestock or irrigating farms, directly benefiting 100,000 people, at a cost of more than AED 2,095 million.
Bin Zayed described the number of projects related to the provision of potable water as one of the largest and most important projects implemented by the Establishment at the present time, pointing to selection of the countries that are affected by drought and depletion of water.
He pointed out that the water projects in the first half of this year focused on the State of Bangladesh, where 52 wells were built, which means it has acquired more than 50% of the wells established in this period, totaled 102 wells, noting that Afghanistan came in the second in row among the beneficiary countries, then Tajikistan.
He stated that these projects were established in coordination and cooperation with several establishments, most notably the UAE Water Aid (Suqia) foundation. Such projects also received support from some benefactors, who see that Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment as the most suitable destination for implementing their charitable projects. He added that the projects in the second half of the year focus on drilling 20 wells in Djibouti, 20 wells in Benin and 60 wells in Bangladesh, which are currently in compelling need of such developmental projects. Moreover, 20 wells will be built in Togo, 4 artesian wells in Uganda, as well as 100 wells in several other countries.
«The Establishment has contributed to finding solutions to the issue of water scarcity in a number of friendly and sisterly countries through the establishment and implementation of projects to provide clean drinking water, whether for human beings. watering livestock or irrigating farms. These projects lead and promote peace and stability values among peoples, achieve peaceful coexistence, as well as economic growth» he said.
Among the major beneficiaries of water projects in Asia are Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and in Africa are Mauritania, Djibouti, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal and Madagascar.
The member of the Board of Trustees of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment stated that the water supply projects during the current year are divided into 3 categories of wells according to the needs of the population and how to obtain groundwater in the region. These categories are surface wells; which are to be drilled at a depth of 15:30 meters; accompanied by a manual pump; and implemented in villages without electricity.
The second category is electric wells, which are drilled at a depth of 30:70 meters and are accompanied by an electric pump, in addition to the artesian wells, which are the largest and biggest of the three categories, being drilled at a depth of 100:150 meters and consist of a generator and water extensions. They are used in agriculture, and watering livestock