Engie Solutions, an international leader in integrated low-carbon and high performance solutions, has recently collaborated with Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Trashtag Kuwait, both non-profit organisations, in launching Project My Mai.
It is the latest environmental and community initiative that aims to provide sustainable drinking water solutions to low-income migrant communities that have been affected by the pandemic.
With the support from KFAS, Engie Solutions Kuwait and Trashtag Kuwait volunteers installed 200 water filters in several communities, helping more than 1,000 people by giving them access to a safe, clean and sustainable source of water.
In alignment with Kuwait Vision 2035’s sustainable development goals, this initiative is also expected to prevent over 2 million plastic water bottles from being used.
Tomas Greenwood, General Manager, Engie Solutions Kuwait, commented: “As part of the Engie Group, we are dedicated to providing sustainable and innovative solutions to our customers in Kuwait, as well as to the community. It gives us great pride to be able to contribute to Trashtag Kuwait’s efforts to provide sustainable sources of water that will positively impact the environment in the long run, while also encouraging people to make the switch for the betterment of the environment.”
Commenting on the initiative, Eng Manar Al Rashed, Programme Manager of the Scientific Culture Directorate of KFAS said: “We believe that civil society organisations (CSOs) have an in-depth understanding of the social, environmental, economic, and institutional challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, and can offer innovative and effective interventions to tackle and address them.”
Carina Maceira, Co-Founder, Trashtag Kuwait, said: “The pandemic has affected many families in Kuwait and around the world. Through Project My Mai, we wanted to support the people of Kuwait by ensuring they have access to clean water but so they will also choose sustainable sources that will eventually reduce the use of plastic.”
This campaign is also in line with Engie Solutions Kuwait's ongoing commitment towards a cleaner and more sustainable Kuwait, which the company seeks to achieve through the provision of sustainable energy and services solutions for communities, industries and properties.
Earlier this year, Engie Solutions Kuwait partnered with Trashtag Kuwait to host a beach cleanup. The activity saw 85 volunteers collect more than 56 bags of trash on Kubbar Island. Trashtag Kuwait regularly hosts environmental initiatives such as weekly clean-ups, as well as raising awareness and educating the public on marine litter, the carbon footprint of water bottles, overfishing of local and regional fish stocks, high ocean water salinity, and other pertinent environmental issues.