Abu Dhabi: TAQA, the international energy company from Abu Dhabi, has signed an agreement with Ewa’a, a humanitarian organisation, to support victims of human trafficking in the UAE.
Ewa’a, meaning “to shelter”, is a non-profit initiative under the umbrella of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Under the agreement, TAQA will provide support over the next three years to the upkeep of Ewa’a’s three shelters for vulnerable women and children in Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah. The Abu Dhabi shelter accommodates 60 women and children.
Ewa’a was established by donations received from Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, the Chairwoman of the UAE General Women’s Union, and the Family Development Foundation.
It reflects the UAE’s long-standing commitment to combat human trafficking and protect its victims. As part of a national action plan, the UAE has also set up a National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, which works with various ministries and non-government organisations.
Khalid Al Sayari, TAQA’s Group Vice-President of Strategic Relationships and Public Affairs, said: “We are honoured to be working with our partners in the UAE government to support this humanitarian project. The Ewa’a initiative is a testimony to the UAE’s commendable efforts in combating human trafficking, within and beyond its borders.”
Sarah Shuhailm, Ewa’a’s Executive Director, said: “It is important that TAQA has joined us in this project. Its support will of course help with the daily running of our work, but it will be especially valuable to this project to be able to call on TAQA’s experience in community projects internationally.”
Ewa’a partners with several Abu Dhabi entities to support victims by providing shelter, rehabilitation, education and helping them return to their countries of origin with dignity.