Dubai: The UAE water aid foundation (Suqia) has launched its ‘100 Letters to Zayed’ programme in an effort to highlight Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s role in consolidating the principles of charity and humanitarianism.

The programme aims to collect 100 messages addressed to Shaikh Zayed, with the foundation asking volunteers and staff from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), beneficiaries of its projects, and community members, to express their affection and gratitude to the UAE founding father.

Suqia has invited those who wish to participate to send their messages in Arabic or English as typed or handwritten letters, drawings, voice or video messages, or recorded in sign language.

Suqia will compile these messages and publish them in a book titled ‘Letters to Zayed’ by the end of the year.

“Charity and philanthropy have always been key principles in the UAE, which extends its helping hands to all people around the world; alleviating human suffering regardless of race or religion. This stems from Islamic principles, Arab traditions, and the noble values that our Founding Fathers have instilled in the hearts of all Emiratis,” said Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia.