Social / Economic

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.

Small business
Small business

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.

Donor Project title
The World Bank (2009) Empowering marginalized youth through vocational training in Old Cairo.

  • This project aims to economically empower marginalized youth by providing them with vocational training on carpentery and woodwork as well as bakery in NHASD’s vocational centers. Both training courses are certified by the Ministry of Man Power (MoMP). Upon graduation NHASD links the graduated youths to employers and the labor market. The project will also increase the awareness of youths towards their rights and responsabilities in work by providing them with a one-day workshop on labor rights.
Finnish Embassy (2009) Empowerment of children with disabilities.

  • This one year action taps into the strategy of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) that aims to stimulate a comprehensive model for empowering disabled community members through a strong participatory approach and utilization of local sustainable resources. Aiming at mobilizing communities to create own initiatives with sustainable structures to provide children, youth and adults with disabilities equal opportunities to meet their needs and social inclusion this project seeks to demonstrate a model for local government and NGOs working in this sector to integrate CBR approaches within their scope of work.
CIDEAL (2008) Improving economical and human abilities of women and young people in Misr El Qaddima.

  • NHASD started in October 2008 the implementation of a two year project that focuses on socio-economic and political empowerment of women who live in the marginalized areas of Old Cairo. Activities of this project include capacity building for active female community members. This component focuses on developing women’s interpersonal
    skills, civic education, women rights, informal education, health awareness, etc…; The second component focuses on providing access to safe vocational training to girls that are no longer eligible for schooling and economically empowering 150 women through micro credit loans, including training to ensure successful running of their new businesses and thus increase their household income.
Australian Embassy (2009) Supporting the bakery vocational training centre for children at risk, Old Cairo.

  • The objective of the Bakery training workshop is to firstly offer child laborers an alternative to their exposure to hazardous occupations and secondly to offer children with opportunities to gain quality skills in a hand crafts field that is highly in demand and thus more promising to child laborers in finding better income providing jobs in their future.
Finnish Embassy Rural development model for community empoweerment on political, social and economic levels.

  • Through a comprehensive approach, this project seeks to empower woman and youth in the Dir El Maymoun village (Helwan Governatorate) to take an active role in the future of their community. A 2 year project will initially build capacities through vocational trainings, literacy classes and awareness raising to increase access to job opportunities. The second year will see the introduction of the Nile water cleaning project to improve the environment and prevent disease in the region, while introducing solidarity tourism as an innovative initiative to engage in conomic, social and cultural sustainable activities.

Oxfam Novib Social and economic empowerment for women.

  • The project aims to empower a group of active women leaders in 5 communities through providing a capacity building program that enables women to be active and contributing member of their community.
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.

  • In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, we have organized workshops for the owners of various workshops on best practices with regards to handling food and water and safety
    and health for the working environment. We have also arranged health and nutrition classes for groups of women in our target communities. Doctors lectured the women on sanitation, health, natal care and nutrition.
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.

  • The Social Protection Initiative was a comprehensive project that incorporated a domicile upgrading component. The domicile upgrading component of SPIP included the installation of house water connections, the installation of WCs, and house renovation. This
    project was completed in 2004.
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.

  • This project seeks to confront social and economic problems of target populations in Old Cairo in order to protect and rehabilitate children in difficult circumstances. Through
    a serious of activities that include providing target children with services in obtaining health checkups, health insurances for child labourers, reception homes, counselling, as well as access to formal and informal education and training to community volunteers to become “street teachers”. Each activity is interrelated and addresses on different levels specific problems that have impact on children and their difficult circumstances.
EED (2006) Poverty alleviation through capacity building.

  • This project begun in January 2006. The goal of this 36 month long project is to improve living
    standards of the most vulnerable and poor families with Old Cairo communities. Our expertise in this project lies in creating local institutions, mobilizing community leaders and members to engage in developing own strategies towards improving their access to health services, educational institutions and economic activities that are income generating.
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.

  • This project from 2004 was concerned with the installation of house water connections; the installation of WCs; and the installation of house plumbing. Families targeted include those with multiple infants, women, and girls, as well as families that simply cannot afford to install this basic infrastructure. Domicile upgrading and providing home access to basic services, such as water and sanitation, achieves multiple results and improves the overall level of health. Houses that previously consisted of cracked walls and dirt floors had their walls reinforced and floors tiled, which prevents insects and vermin from entering the house and spreading diseases especially among children.

MSD – USAID (2007) Family justice – Interaction program.

  • This was initially a two year project that has now received a one year extension due to its enormous success. The focus of this project is to provide families with counselling, awareness and understanding about family laws and how to deal with marriage and parenthood. Activities target families and especially women providing them with communication and essential skills. NHASD is implementing this project in El Mina and Bola’a El Dakrour.
Barclays Employment creation for youth and women through comprehensive community development initiatives and skills development.

  • Taking place in the small town of Dier El Maymoun, 20km outside of Beni-Suef, the project aims up-scale youth capacity and create employment opportunities. Employment opportunities are attained through providing youth vocational trainings in addition to offer loans and capacity building workshop to empower youth to initiate business projects.

Save the children – UK (2009) Establish a community based protection program in western cairo for children at risk.

  • One of the amendments made last year (2009) in the children right laws was to initiate local child protection committees in each area to create a medium where violated children could report to. This project aims to provide 50 local active leaders and 25 social workers employed in schools to gain the needed skills and knowledge to in order to deal with violations reported against children rights.
Irish Embassy (2008) Protection and rehabilitation of street children and children at risk.

  • This project started in July 2008 and runs for 3 years. This project seeks to confront social and economic problems of Target populations in Old Cairo in order to protect and rehabilitate children in difficult circumstances. Through
    a serious of activities that include providing target children with services in obtaining health check ups, health insurances for child labourers, reception homes, counselling, as well as access to formal and informal education and training to community volunteers to become “street teachers”. Each activity is interrelated and addresses on different levels specific problems that have impact on children and their difficult circumstances. Through a comprehensive development approach, the aim of the project is to concentrate on addressing and developing mechanisms to prevent children from becoming street children and secondly to protect and rehabilitate street children and Child Labourers from all forms of violence.
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.

  • This project tackles issue of increasing number of working children and street children in South Cairo region. It seeks to enhance the Egyptian child rights Law (1996) by improving access and basic services to working children and street children in target areas. Through demostrating good practices for protecting and rehabilitating street children and workig children this project will benefit directly 300 working children and 30 street children and present replicable models and tools for achieving its overall objective of improving the living conditions of working children and street children as well as reintegrating these children into society. 

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