25 Jan 2016 14:00
As part of its ongoing commitment towards global education, Etihad Airways has helped to renovate three schools in the remote areas of Kakamega County in western Kenya to create a brighter future for underprivileged children.
delegation from Etihad Airways visited Kenya to officially open the Likuyani
primary school, nursery and special needs boarding school. The much-improved
facilities, with a student capacity of 1,700, were handed over to the school’s
administration after a year of building repairs and improvement
comprehensive project included refurbishment of the schools’ infrastructure
including classrooms and staff rooms, and the construction of a new playground,
dining hall, kitchen and lavatories for both boys and girls.
addition, the schools were also supported with new uniforms and shoes for
students. This will help students who used to walk to school barefoot causing
foot injuries. The renovation will improve hygiene and reduce the number of hygiene-related
illnesses that the students and staff are currently suffering from.
Obeid Al Saher, Diplomatic Attaché from UAE Embassy in Kenya joined the
Etihad Airways delegation headed by Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President
of Government and Aero-political Affairs. The delegation also included Ali Al
Shamsi, Vice President of Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Hub, and Joan Mwaniki,
Etihad Airways’ General Manager Kenya, along with the airline’s Abu Dhabi and
Excellency Mrs Rael Ruto, wife of the current Deputy President of Kenya, His
Excellency Hon. William Ruto, and Chairperson of Joyful Women’s
Organisation-Kenya, accompanied the Etihad Airways’ delegation during their
one-day visit. Nearly 1,700 care packages with school bags and stationery were
distributed, while 20 wheelchairs and blankets were provided to the special
needs boarding school.
Excellency Mrs Rael Ruto, said: I want to personally thank the entire Etihad
Airways family for this generous contribution, which has made a big difference
in the lives of the Likuyani Primary School students. We appreciate your
great support and commitment to the education of the underprivileged. As a
result of your kindness and generosity, students now have modern facilities, a
playground for the little ones, and conveniences for the students living with
our dreams for Likuyani Primary with Etihad Airways, now the rest is history.
Thank you Etihad Airways.”
Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, General
Manager of Philips E.A , Mrs. Mary Kuria and other senior officials
representing banks and tourism entities also took part in the community event.
Mehairbi, who also serves as Chairman of Etihad Airways’ Sports and Social
Committee, said: “As the UAE flag carrier, we are socially committed towards
improving global education and creating a brighter future for underprivileged
children. We extend our thanks to the Etihad Airways team, sponsors and
suppliers for their support of the project. Collectively, we have improved the
students’ learning environment which will help them pursue their studies.”
His Excellency Abdul Razak Mohamed Hadi, UAE Ambassador to Kenya, stressed
that the UAE continues to maintain a strong humanitarian presence in addition
to supporting relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters anywhere in the
“I would like to sincerely thank the Government of Kenya represented by Her
Excellency Rael Ruto, His Excellency Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Etihad Airways’
family and everyone who helped bring this project together. This project will
no doubt cement the growing relations between two brotherly nations.” he added.
The UAE Ambassador to Kenya valued the cooperation of Kenyan President His
Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta in supporting education, health and water supply
among other projects in the different parts of Kenya.
renovation project was funded by money raised through a series of charitable
initiatives that took place in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Emirates Red
Crescent, including two events - ‘Run for a Cause’ and the 2nd Etihad Airways
World Aviation Football Cup.
The airline’s initiative to support Kenya is part
of an earlier agreement on humanitarian and social cooperation between Etihad
Airways and Emirates Red Crescent. Over the last four years Etihad Airways has
also supported education for children in need in Yemen, Morocco and Sri Lanka.