UAE water aid foundation Suqia and government charity Dubai Cares on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build capacities to support developing countries facing water scarcity.
As part of this partnership, Suqia will support the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programme of Dubai Cares in two of Madagascar's largest cities, Antananarivo and Mahajanga, reported Dubai newswire Wam.
The $1,035,000 programme is set to benefit 14,250 children and 33,750 community members.
This intervention aims to construct and rehabilitate WASH facilities in schools and health centres and ensure the availability of services across 21 primary and nine secondary schools.
The programme also provides clean water for day-to-day consumption to meet the needs of children in schools and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and member of the board of directors at Dubai Cares, said: "Waterborne diseases are the leading cause of death among children under the age of five, while adequate access to WASH facilities can prevent these diseases from spreading.
“Through this programme, Dubai Cares, along with the UAE Water Aid Foundation, strives not only to improve WASH facilities within schools, but to also raise awareness and educate schoolchildren and communities on how they can improve healthy hygiene behaviour, knowledge and practice."
Suqia continues to provide safe drinking water to communities suffering from water scarcity and pollution, and supervises the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award which encourages corporations, research centres and innovators to compete in finding innovative solar-energy solutions for water scarcity.