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Posted April 12, 2011


OpenText Joins SAP in Supporting UNICEF's Clean Water for Ethiopia Project

Co-Sponsored Philanthropy Demonstrates Strong Partnership and Commitment by Companies to Global Health and Environmental Issues

MANNHEIM, Germany - OpenText announced at the eighth International SAP(R) Utilities Conference 2011 that it has joined SAP AG 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 about hygiene.

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 donation.

"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.

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