Dubai Cares, the UAE-based philanthropic establishment launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice-President and Ruler of Dubai, is organizing a ‘Water Bucket Walk’ at Jumeirah Beach Park in support of children with limited access to clean drinking water in schools around the world. The event will be held on 20th November 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day which is observed as a day to promote children’s welfare. The 3-km ‘Water Bucket Walk’ along Jumeirah Beach Road will help Dubai Cares address one of the key issues preventing children’s access to primary education in developing countries.
Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares said, “Millions of children around the world are deprived of primary education and one of the main underlying issues is their limited access to clean drinking water. On average, children in developing countries walk six kilometers every day to collect water for their families and often the water is dirty and highly contaminated, which has serious implications on their health preventing them from attending school.”
These children leave their houses early in the morning and walk long distances to access the nearest water source, and only after waiting for many hours to collect water, they begin their long and exhausting walk back home carrying heavy loads.
Al Gurg added, “The purpose behind this event is to provide the UAE community with an opportunity to briefly experience a fraction of the difficulties that children in developing countries face every day in accessing and collecting water. Every participant walking represents one child’s access to clean water for one year and hence we encourage and invite all UAE residents to participate in large numbers and support us in providing these children with clean water.”
UAE residents can register for the ‘Water Bucket Walk’ through the Dubai Cares website (www.dubaicares.ae). Organizations can also take part as a group by organizing registration drives within their premises to increase participation. Participation kits for corporations, social clubs, universities and Government departments are available on the website. Registration fee for the ‘Water Bucket Walk’ is AED 30 with all proceeds going towards helping children. The AED 30 can provide one child with access to clean drinking water in school for one year.
For 2009, Dubai Cares focused its efforts on ensuring the integration and prioritization of water, sanitation and hygiene in all its educational programs, based on the firm belief that the provision of clean water to children in developing countries is essential to increase their access to education.
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