Etihad Airways creates a brighter future for children in Kenya
As part of its on-going commitment toward global education, Etihad Airways has renovated
three schools in the remote areas of Kakamega County in western Kenya to create a brighter
future for underprivileged children.
A senior 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 schools administration after a year of building
repairs and improvement work.
The 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.
In 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.
Madhad Obeid Al Saher, Diplomatic Attache 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 airlines Abu Dhabi and Nairobi-based staff.
Rael Ruto, wife of the current Vice President of Kenya, Hon. William Ruto, and Chairperson of
Joyful Womens 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.
Khaled Al 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 the 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.”
Abdul Razak Mohamed Hadi, the UAE’s 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 world.
The 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.