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Etihad Airways donates to support education for underprivileged children in India

posted on 23/10/2016: 1631 views

Underprivileged children studying at Nowshera Mewat Public Middle School near New Delhi, India, received school supplies in the form of a donation from Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.

The donation was presented at the official re-opening of the school, which has been fully rebuilt with funds raised by the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Students received over 1,000 school bags, stationery, meals, uniforms, shoes and other garments.

A senior delegation from Etihad Airways presented the donation which was funded through charitable initiatives from staff, including ‘Walk for a Cause', garage sales and a football tournament held during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The delegation, headed by Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President of Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Hub, welcomed the participation of Dr. Ahmed Albanna, the UAE Ambassador to India and, Kavita Joshi, Jet Airways' Head of Sales, Northern India.

Also present were Adil Al Mulla, Vice President Procurement and Supply Management, Neerja Bhatia, Vice President Indian Sub-Continent, and four UAE national cadet pilots from Etihad Airways.

"We are delighted to launch this initiative just before Diwali and sincerely hope we were able to make a positive impact on the lives of the young children. As the UAE's national carrier, we are pleased to once again reaffirm our commitment to Indian society and give back to those in need. Etihad's family is proud to play a part in helping these students pursue their studies and in raising global awareness of the importance of education to the less fortunate," said Al Mehairbi, who also serves as Chairman of Etihad Airways' Sports and Social Committee.

The delegation was met by Indian representatives from Mewat district who accompanied Etihad Airways' team in distributing the airline's new ‘kids kit'. Furthermore, the Abu Dhabi-based airline announced a new school library project, to be completed by December. The new educational facility will target 1,000 students ranging from the ages of 6 to 14 years.

The library project is underway in co-operation with the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), a non-profit organisation that works closely with the International Board on Books for Young People.

"The rich history of friendship between India and the UAE is deep-rooted. This donation represents the kindness and generosity of Etihad Airways' staff and partners, as well as the wider Abu Dhabi community who selflessly took part in the initiative. Collectively, through our efforts, we have shone a light of glimmering hope to our brothers and sisters in India, allowing them the chance of a better future," Dr. Ahmed Albanna said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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