Etisalat Egypt and UNICEF sign an agreement to provide safe water connection to 1000 households in Qena Governorate as a first phase
Cairo, 17 July 2012 – Etisalat Egypt and UNICEF signed a project agreement on ”Raising Healthy Children with Safe Households Water Supply”. This project is within the framework of Etisalat’s Initiative "Water is the origin of Life", which they have adopted from their first day in the Egyptian Market.
The agreement was signed by Engineer Said el-Hamly, Executive Director of Etisalat Egypt, and Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.
The signing ceremony, took place in Etisalat Headquaters in the Fifth Settlement, and was attended by Engineer Hazim Metwally, Chief Operating Officer, Etisalat, Mr. Ahmed Lasheen, Marketing and Communication Director, Etisalat, and Ms. Dalia Abou Senna, Partnerships and Private Sector Specialist, UNICEF.
Working with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCW/WW), the partnership aims to benefit about 5000 community members, as a first phase, in Qena Governorate, one of the most deprived Governorates in Upper Egypt, where many households still lack direct connection to the water distribution system.
In his comment on the new project, Engineer Said el-Hamly, expressed his happiness for the cooperation with UNICEF, for its International and prominent expertise in the development field. El-Hamly added that this project falls within the initiative entitled “water is the origin of life”. Explaining that this initiative aims at handling several aspects of a fundamental issue, which is Water. He said that the initiative is a long-term one with four main components; providing access to safe drinking water, water purification, irrigation water interventions, and treating renal failure disease. He pointed out that water is a strategic issue for the Egyptian society, and is essential for people’s lives and healthiness. The initiative is taking place according to its planned schedule until it achieves its goals to provide safe drinking water nationally.
“Having direct access to a safe water source in the household has an immediate impact on the health and nutrition of children. Therefore, it is crucial that every family benefits from a connection to the water distribution system. The partnership between Etisalat Misr, the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, and UNCIEF will undoubtedly contribute to this objective”, said Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.
With this partnership the most marginalized children and their families will have a chance to get their basic needs for safe water met and enjoy a better health, hygiene, and opportunities to fulfill their potential.