In line with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)'s commitment towards the community, and in line with the objectives of the Year of Giving, DEWA launched a new programme to support voluntary work among its employees through a special section on its website, called, "DEWA Programme for Voluntary Work".
The objective of the programme is for DEWA employees to participate in community service and charitable projects, by allocating some of their time to volunteering during working hours.
"Through the launch of the volunteer work programme, DEWA aims to facilitate the selection of community programmes and initiatives that suit the interests and abilities of the volunteers and the appropriate times to serve the community, thus, contributing to spreading happiness and creating a positive and stimulating environment.
This comes within the framework of its mission to promote volunteer work and develop the integrated community work system at DEWA, in order to serve the community and strengthen cohesion among all its members.
The programme is in line with the goals of the Year of Giving, and under the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish the concept of volunteering within our community as a symbol of solidarity and tolerance in our society, and in order to achieve UAE Vision 2021, Dubai Plan 2021, and DEWA 2021 strategy," said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.
"At DEWA, we work to achieve people's happiness by strengthening our cooperation with the private sector, consolidating the role of voluntary work among the employees of DEWA, and spreading good in our homeland through sustainable community initiatives.
We adopt a clear strategy and a package of pioneering humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives inspired by the wisdom of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who said, ‘The fastest way to happiness is by instilling happiness in the hearts of others.’
Our role is not only to provide electricity and water services at the highest levels of quality, efficiency, and reliability, but to support the social, economic and environmental sustainability of Dubai and the UAE, in general. Community initiatives have always been an integral part of DEWA's strategy to serve the good of the public.
For more than five decades, we have launched several pioneering community development initiatives and programmes, which have contributed to strengthening DEWA's position in this regard," added Al Tayer.
"Based on our constant efforts to promote social development, we are committed to strengthening community responsibility, and consolidating the spirit of volunteerism among our employees and members of the community.
Therefore, we launched the Voluntary Work Programme, which represents an important addition to our 27 community-based initiatives, ranging from 12 programmes covering various segments of community and humanitarian work, in the framework of the three themes of the Year of Giving, and implemented in cooperation with local and international bodies and leading institutions in the field of humanitarian and community work.
Through this step, we look forward to instil the values of serving the nation in the hearts of new generations.
Our ultimate goal is to promote the spirit of loyalty, and strengthen the foundations of a cohesive society dominated by a sense of pride in national identity and belonging and the achievement of individual and societal happiness, leading to a brighter future for our future generations," noted Al Tayer.
Al Tayer revealed DEWA's intention to launch an internal website that includes 11 voluntary initiatives in the first phase, which will provide a special page for each volunteer who will calculate the hours of volunteering he/she has participated in.
This is the first step of its kind at the level of government institutions in the UAE, enhancing DEWA's achievements in the area of social responsibility, which has led in the past years to raise the percentage of the society's happiness from 82% in 2013, to 89% in 2016, in addition to reaching an advanced level in the implementation of the ISO 26000 guidelines in social responsibility, and receiving international awards and certificates such as the MVO 8000 Certification, as the first government institution in Dubai to receive this global recognition.