This is a community support project that started in 1998 when the project leader’s father first came to Helwan City, one of the seven ‘garbage villages’ in Cairo. The community was effectively a shanty town where people earned their living by collecting and recycling garbage. The project developed through the introduction of a freshwater scheme which totally revolutionised the quality of life in the community. Today there is a clinic that provides basic medicines with doctors in attendance every Friday and medical camps run from time to time. Capital projects have included a gymnasium, a medical laboratory and a children’s playground. These are linked to social programmes like the organisation of sports teams. The project also embraces mentoring and leadership development and the general support of vulnerable families. This project makes a major contribution to the well-being of the community. The project is run by a young couple who are fully committed to stay involved and love the work.
There is a doctor who oversees the medical part of the work and comes in as one of the doctors once or twice a month.
There is also have a large group of volunteers who help with the medical and children’s programmes.