Tuesday 11 April 2017
Dialogue labs in Egypt

Here’s a preview of an article published on AMU News n. 1/2017 describing the results achieved in Cairo by the Chance for Tomorrow project.

Recently a group of archaeologists found in Cairo a statue of about 8 meters high, which is considered to be the figure of Pharaoh Ramses II, who lived in the 13th century BC. The discovery was made on the site of Heliopolis, the city of the Sun God, now a poor neighbourhood called El Matariya, near a slum.
There are millennia of history in between the Pharaonic Egypt with the luxury and splendour of its time and the Egypt of today, with its economic and social crisis, alas common to many countries. This is a heritage story of all humanity but above all of those who live in those lands, in those cities that used to be golden and now are only dusty. The people are sometimes put down by all the difficult situations, but they are also ready to raise their heads and look at the future as soon as life offers them a chance.

“Chance for Tomorrow” is the project that the foundation Koz Kazah realizes in Cairo since 2016, with AMU’s collaboration and contribution. The previous project “Boys at Risk” was aimed at street children in the Shubra neighbourhood, at risk of dropping out from school or even of family abandonment. Over the years the activities have been extended first to girls, and then to their mothers. In early 2017, Koz Kazah opened a new office in Fagallah, another poor district in Cairo.

The main achievements in 2016 are the following:

  • 60 women and 121 girls have acquired basic community, health, psychological, family and domestic skills and expertise that are useful in strengthening their autonomy;
  • 60 women have expanded their daily life horizons and their social relationship skills by freely comparing their own experiences and difficulties with other women;
  • 136 children at risk of abandonment have gained basic educational, health, and psychological skills to strengthen their autonomy and social reintegration; they have also improved their social relationship skills and the management of psychological discomfort linked to the risk of family abandonment;
  • 10 women have acquired basic professional skills necessary to carry out a business (ecological printing, cutting and sewing);
  • Two micro-enterprises (weaving and kitchen items production) have been launched, in which 5 women are steadily engaged.

We firmly believe in common human values, said Koz Kozah, like kindness, justice and dignity of every human being. That’s why we help people translate their positive energy and their sense of social responsibility into action. ”

(from AMU News n. 1/2017)

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