Abu Dhabi: The ‘Beyond2020’ humanitarian initiative led by UAE has provided a reliable source of water for about 20,000 residents of the villages of ‘Tawit’ and ‘Tahjr’ in Kassala State, eastern Sudan.
Two small solar-powered water basins were built in accordance with a groundwater pumping system to supply 20 litres of water per day to residents of the two communities to increase access to water and the inhabitants’ standards of hygiene and health. The project was carried out by Practical Action, a non-profit organization with roots in the UK that works with a range of communities to find creative and long-lasting solutions to the problems they face.
“The groundbreaking UAE-led humanitarian effort 20by2020 was launched in December 2019 by the Zayed Sustainability Prize in association with several top national and international organizations,” as per the report. Beyond2020 is the expansion and continuation of that initiative. The firm won the 2017 Zayed Sustainability Award.
Phase 2 of the effort, Beyond2020, has reached 8 nations and had an impact on approximately 110,000 people in its initial phase and the first year.
Going ‘beyond generations’, ‘beyond borders’ and ‘beyond limits’, Beyond2020 offers critical, life-transforming solutions to a broader number of beneficiaries worldwide, providing tech for good and fostering development that is inclusive and sustainable.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s founding father, left behind a lasting legacy that continues to inspire Beyond2020. The project aims to carry on Sheikh Zayed’s environmental and humanitarian objectives by giving former Zayed Sustainability Prize winners and finalists a special platform to implement their innovations in areas where they are most needed and reach a larger audience.