Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, and Corporate Patron of Just a Drop, the international water aid charity, has dedicated Corinthia Hotels funds to sponsor a project in Tanzania. The project will create two water boreholes for the Tabata-Bima community in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, with an overall population of around 30,000 people, which includes 10,000 students from primary school age to college level who will directly benefit from the clean water availability.
The Tabata-Bima Corinthia Hotels/Just a Drop project started mid-March and is expected to be completed at the end of June, 2012.
Mr. Pisani made the announcement of the Tanzania water project on a recent visit to New York where he discussed the project in detail with HE Mwanaidi S. Maajar, Tanzania’s Ambassador to the US, based in Washington, DC; Karen Hoffman, President, The Bradford Group and Tanzania Tourist Board Representative, USA; and Tony Potter, Corinthia Hotels International Board member.
“Corinthia wanted its first year of commitment to directly support community-driven projects in Africa,” said Mr. Pisani, “like this one in Tabata-Bima in Dar es Salaam, providing long-term sustainable benefit to communities at the grassroots, directly helping to give children the gift of life and good health.”
HE Mwanaidi S. Maajar in thanking Mr. Pisani, noted “although Tanzania is a country that is experiencing a fast-paced economic growth and booming tourism, without clean water, these communities will not benefit from this growth.”
Alfred Pisani, a self-made businessman, started with a post-World War II loan in the newly-independent island of Malta, building a restaurant that he grew to a luxury hotel empire. Today, the Corinthia properties are an internationally-acclaimed brand of award-winning luxury hotels, located in some of Europe’s finest cities such as London, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Lisbon, Prague, as well as Malta. In 2011, Corinthia Hotels, the five-star hotel collection, formally adopted the international water aid charity, Just a Drop, as its official charity.
Just a Drop’s Founder and Chairman, Fiona Jeffery, OBE, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Corinthia, led by Alfred Pisani, is closely involved with the urgent work of Just a Drop. He accepted our invitation to become one of its patrons, and he is demonstrating his personal commitment to become involved in helping lift youngsters and their families out of terrible poverty, where even clean water to drink, cook, and bathe is totally lacking.”