Unemployment and underemployment are two severe problems facing Egypt’s society. For many impoverished communities the desperate need for income has locked families into a vicious circle of structural poverty. Lack of savings and access to loans, knowledge and information are core obstacles for the many poor who seek to break away from the poverty trap.
Our target is to diminish poor people’s extreme socio-economic vulnerability by helping them find secure and regular income, accumulate their savings and build on obtained skills and knowledge. We help to develop valuable business skills, while at the same time provide them with access to micro-loans in order for them to set up their own businesses or expand them. By obtaining requested skills and qualifications, NHASD helps minimize business risks and propels people’s creativity to use their energy in productive and profitable manner.
Through NHASD‘s dual approach of combining micro-credit lending and training we have been highly successful and effective in supporting people generate, secure and increase their income. Especially women and youth have benefited through our projects as they gain more confidence, independence and purchasing power within their communities and families.
Exclusion from society is a loss for society. Inclusion of all groups is what NHASD stands for. Unfortunately there are still groups in the Egyptian society that are not fully included in the society they are supposed to be a part of. Sometimes it is the society that forces them into a marginal existence, sometimes it’s the people themselves that don’t know their rights and possibilities. At NHASD, we continuously work to get these people integrated in the society around them, either by targeting themselves or the community in which they live.
Excluded groups come in many forms, like disabled people, young children or (widowed) women. All are excluded in different ways, so the approach to reintegrate them differs as well. Disabled people face a double problem. On the one hand they face limitations to join the society physically, on the other hand they face a lot of misunderstanding when they do. Women in Egypt still face traditional restraints when pursuing a life and a career for themselves. It is important to support the women in this case, and to create awareness and understanding among the people around her.
Divisions run across Egyptian society. One can think of religious differences, or social stratification. These boundaries within a society are a threat to an open, democratic society. NHASD’s overall objective is to create or at least support the creation of such a society, in which every citizen is an equal member whose voice is heard and listened to.
|The World Bank (2009)||Empowering marginalized youth through vocational training in Old Cairo.
|Finnish Embassy (2009)||Empowerment of children with disabilities.
|CIDEAL (2008)||Improving economical and human abilities of women and young people in Misr El Qaddima.
|Australian Embassy (2009)||Supporting the bakery vocational training centre for children at risk, Old Cairo.
|Finnish Embassy||Rural development model for community empoweerment on political, social and economic levels.
|Oxfam Novib||Social and economic empowerment for women.
|Sawiris||Creating job opportunities through developing organic farming.|
|WHO (2005)||Raising women’s socio-economic status through capacity building and awareness rising on health and hygiene.
|Caritas – Alex||Protect children at risk.|
|Embassy of Germany||Establishing a self sustainable community centre in Wadi El Gadid.|
|CIDA||Safe vocational training for children at risk.|
|Save the children – USA||The arab woman speaks program.|
|SPIP – World Bank (2004)||Enviromental, social and occupational safety for children at risk.
|Australian Embassy||Empowering women project.|
|Finnish Embassy||The empowerment of women in society.|
|WHO||Develop the marginalized areas in Batn El Bakara – Old Cairo.|
|NCCM – EU (2006)||Comprehensive approach to improving the situation of children at risk.
|EED (2006)||Poverty alleviation through capacity building.
|PDP – CIDA||The enviromental, occupational and social services for children at risk.|
|Australian Embassy||Domicile Upgrading.|
|Australian Embassy||Outfit of a vocational training bakery workshop.|
|CEOSS||Project to integrate disabled children.|
|GTZ (2004)||Develop 4 streets.
|MSD – USAID (2007)||Family justice – Interaction program.
|Barclays||Employment creation for youth and women through comprehensive community development initiatives and skills development.
|Save the children – UK (2009)||Establish a community based protection program in western cairo for children at risk.
|Irish Embassy (2008)||Protection and rehabilitation of street children and children at risk.
|CEOSS||Raising awareness through community participation among youth.|
|UNODC||Reintegration of released children and youth from the institution for young male offenders in Marg.|
|Ricerca e Cooperazione (R.C.)||Actions for vulnerable children.|
|Drosos (2010)||Protection and rehabilitation working children and street children in Old Cairo.