Co-Sponsored Philanthropy Demonstrates Strong Partnership and Commitment
by Companies to Global Health and Environmental Issues
MANNHEIM, Germany, April 12 /CNW/ - OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX) (TSX: OTC)
today announced at the
eighth International SAP(R) Utilities Conference 2011 that it has joined SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) in co-sponsoring UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia project.
The companies committed to donating a total of €20,000 to UNICEF.
Emergency conditions are all too familiar to many families in Ethiopia.
In 2010, flooding affected nearly one million people across several
regions. Periodic shocks, such as droughts and heavy rains can add
immediate crisis to chronic difficulties linked to high poverty levels,
dependence on rain-fed agriculture, low availability of safe drinking
water, poor hygiene and sanitation, and inadequate disease
surveillance. As a result, children and women, especially pregnant
women and children with poor nutritional status, are at higher risk of
death and disease. Ethiopia has the highest mortality rate for children
under the age of five, primarily from diarrhea. This is due to the lack
of access to clean water and latrines, and lack of important knowledge
This donation from OpenText and SAP will assist UNICEF in building new
water wells supplied with manual pumps, and separate latrines for boys
and girls. These funds will also be put towards educating local
residents on how to maintain the new equipment, as well as educating
teachers and children in Ethiopia on the importance of proper hygiene.
UNICEF expects that approximately 2,000 children will benefit from this
"Whether matching employee donations to support Red Cross aid to the
earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan or co-sponsoring UNICEF in an
effort to provide clean drinking water to the people of Ethiopia,
OpenText has an ongoing commitment to improving the health and
well-being of people's lives and their environment," said Patrick
Barnert, vice president of SAP Solutions at OpenText. "This sponsorship
shows that, while we are focused on technology solutions, there are
many other unique ways in which OpenText collaborates with its partners
to improve people's lives."
The sponsorship of UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia project by OpenText
and SAP is part of SAP's global corporate responsibility program, which
focuses on education and the environment, among other important issues.
SAP previously donated €30,000 to UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia project with StreamServe,
which is now part of OpenText's ECM Suite. Today's donation from OpenText and SAP brings the total amount donated
to UNICEF to 50,000 Euros, which is estimated to be helping
approximately 50,000 children in Ethiopia.
"In a better run world, social responsibility is important to all and
everyone does their part to help improve the living conditions of those
less fortunate," said Anja Englehardt, project manager, SAP Utilities
Conference, SAP AG. "As a global business leader, SAP is committed to
such a goal, and supporting social projects is a key part of SAP's
corporate responsibility efforts. We're pleased to continue our
involvement in this meaningful project with OpenText and UNICEF.
Through this initiative, we can help the people of Ethiopia achieve
multiple synergistic effects by combining all-season access to a
precious resource - water - with the transfer of knowledge to children
and their parents and the education of locals, helping them to help
themselves in the long term."
UNICEF is currently working with the Government of Ethiopia, other U.N.
agencies and communities to respond to the needs of more than seven
million people, including six million children who live in areas
vulnerable to natural disasters and political tensions - including the
Afar, Amhara, Gambella, Oromiya, Somali, Southern Nations,
Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Tigray regions. Whether the region
receives too much rain or not enough, both situations put access to
safe water for drinking, hygiene and sanitation at risk. UNICEF will
help 480,000 people in drought- and flood-affected areas maintain
access to safe water. For further information on UNICEF's continued aid
to Ethiopia and how you may help, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/ethiopia/index.html
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