The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has launched a number of development projects in the Republic of Sierra Leone, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and the ERC Chairman.
The projects included the provision of water resources in water-scarce areas, where the project provides 60 percent of the needs of these areas with clean water. It also includes the construction of houses for underprivileged families, as well as schools, clinics, mosques, and other service projects aimed at improving the lives of the population.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the ERC delegation comprising Fahad Abdelrahman bin Sultan, ERC's Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid and Cooperation, and others, Dr. Jonathan Bonopha Tengbe, Minister of Water Resources in Sierra Leone, Rashid Sesay, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the UAE, along with a number of officials.
Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, said that the directives of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed were a part of the initiatives undertaken by the leadership to develop and reconstruct areas that suffer from vital development.
Dr. Al Falahi said that Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed is constantly monitoring the progress of all the projects implemented by the ERC needed by brotherly and friendly countries.
He added that the authority has completed these projects in record time to achieve the vision of the country's leadership and to meet the needs of Sierra Leone’s citizens to alleviate their suffering.
The beneficiaries expressed their appreciation to the UAE for their ongoing efforts in carrying out several development projects, especially in relation to water projects and other services.
Meanwhile, Vice President of Sierra Leone, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, received the ERC delegation in the presence of Jonathan Tengbe, where they discussed the impact of humanitarian projects undertaken by the ERC on the local community and the other projects they will implement in the future.
The Sierra Leone Vice President thanked the ERC for its sincere efforts to meet the humanitarian and development needs of the people. He affirmed his country's readiness to remove obstacles facing the ERC’s humanitarian work.
Tengbe expressed his thanks to the ERC for its significant humanitarian efforts and also commended the UAE.
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the Mayor of Freetown, also welcomed the ERC delegation.