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  • Habitat for Humanity in Egypt Habitat for Humanity Egypt was founded in 1989, and has constructed or renovated more than 30,000 homes to date, turning despair into hope for those living in 30 communities. Habitat Egypt partners with the homeowners and with local associations to achieve its goal. By working with these organizations at the grassroots level, Habitat Egypyt builds on their established knowledge and insight in the community. A group of local, representative volunteers serve as the housing committee which selects loan recipients from within their community.

    The housing need in Egypt In Egypt, more than 20 million people live in substandard housing conditions, with minimum means of improving their situation. Poverty housing is particularly common in the rural areas, where many families live in old mud brick houses with dirt floors, no doors or windows, and inadequate roofs made from thatch, branches or even sugar cane. These conditions provide little protection from snakes, insects, intruders, rain, or the extreme variations in temperature. The houses are dangerously hot in summer and below freezing temperatures in winter. Access to toilets and clean piped water is limited, causing severe health problems to occur. Moreover, large families are often crowded into one or two room structures. Some even share their homes with their livestock or poultry.

    How Habitat addresses the need in Egypt Houses built by Habitat Egypt are simple and affordable, decent and durable. They are built using appropriate, locally-available building materials, which meet specific housing requirements. Houses have cement or tile floors, plaster or limestone brick walls, inside plumbing and sanitary systems, secure wooden roofs, and enough rooms to separate parents from children, boys from girls, and families from their livestock. These changes create secure homes, protecting the families from the elements and also allow families the opportunity to build a second floor in the future.

    Egypt

    Country profile

    COUNTRY FACTS*

    Capital

    Main country facts

    Population

    Urbanization

    Life expectancy

    Unemployment rate

    Population living below poverty

    Cairo

    Fastest growing population in the Arab world

    94.67 million

    43.1 percent live in cities

    72.7 years

    12.8 percent

    25.2 percent

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    *Sources: CIA World Factbook

    Lake Tanganyika

    Lake Nyasa

    Lake Victoria

    Lake Chad

    Lake Volta

    Caspian Sea

    Aral Sea

    North Aral Sea

    Ural

    Shebele

    Nile

    O gooue

    Vina

    Senegal

    Ora nge

    San aga

    Genale

    Don

    Tana

    Zambe zi

    Busira

    Dnieper

    Volga

    Kasai

    Blue Nile

    Cuando

    Cuanza

    Bug

    Uele

    Niger

    Niger

    Loire

    Mang oky

    Co ng

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    Orange

    Kasai

    Cunene

    Cuan do

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    Zimbabwe

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    Uzbekistan

    United Kingdom

    U. A. E.

    Ukraine

    Russia

    Uganda

    Turkmenistan

    Turkey

    Tunisia

    Togo

    Tanzania

    Sy r ia

    Switz.

    Swaziland

    Su dan

    Spain

    South Africa

    Somalia

    Slovenia

    Slovakia

    Sierra Leone

    Seychelles

    Senegal

    Sa u di A ra bia

    Sao Tome & Principe

    San Marino

    Rwanda

    Romania

    Qatar

    Portugal

    Poland

    Oman

    Nigeria

    N i g e r

    Neth.

    Namibia

    Mozambique

    Morocco

    Western Sahara (Occupied by Morocco)

    Moldova

    Maur i t an ia

    Malta

    M a l i

    Malawi

    Madagascar

    Macedonia

    Lux.

    Liech.

    Li bya

    Liberia

    Lesotho

    Le ban on

    Kuwait

    Kenya

    Kazakhstan

    Jorda n

    Italy

    I s ra e l

    Ireland

    I r aq Iran

    Hungary

    GuineaGuinea-Bissau

    Greece

    Ghana

    Germany

    Georgia

    Gambia

    Gabon

    France

    Ethiopia

    Eritrea

    Equatorial Guinea

    EGYPT

    Dijbouti

    Czech Rep.

    Cypr us

    Croatia

    Cote d'Ivoire

    Congo Dem Republic of Congo

    Comoros

    Cha d

    Central Africa Republic

    Cameroon

    Burundi

    Burkina Faso

    Bulgaria

    Botswana

    Bosnia & Herz.

    Benin

    Bel.

    Belarus

    Bahrain

    Azerbaijan

    Austria

    Armenia

    Angola

    Andorra

    A l g e r i a

    Albania

    Serbia Mont.

    Abuja

    Bloemfontein

    Belgrade

    Kiev London

    Bern

    Madrid

    Ljubljana

    Bucharest

    Lisbon

    Warsaw

    Skopje

    Chisinau Bratislava

    Vilnius

    Rome

    Budapest Zagreb

    Berlin

    Paris

    Prague

    Dublin

    Sofia

    Minsk

    Sarajevo

    Vienna

    Tirana

    San'a

    Ashgabat

    Doha

    Tbilisi Baku

    Abu Dhabi

    Harare

    Lusaka

    Mbabane

    Windhoek

    Ouagadougou

    Kampala

    Dodoma

    Tunis

    Lome

    Mogadishu

    Freetown

    Dakar

    Cape Town

    Pretoria

    Kigali

    Bissau Niamey

    Maputo

    Nouakchott

    Rabat

    Bamako

    Lilongwe

    Antananarivo

    Maseru

    Monrovia

    Nairobi

    Yamoussoukro

    Conakry

    Accra

    Libreville

    Banjul

    Addis Ababa

    Malabo

    Cairo

    Djibouti

    Bangui Yaounde

    Kinshasa Brazzaville

    N'Djamena

    Bujumbura

    Porto-Novo

    Gaborone

    Luanda

    Algiers

    Amsterdam The Hague Brussels

    Podgorica

    HABITAT FACTS

    When Habitat started in Egypt 1989

    Individuals served in FY16 23,615* *includes construction and market development

    Volunteers hosted in FY16 559

    Housing solutions New homes; Renovations, repairs; Home improvements; Housing microfinance

  • What is your motivation to participate in the program? I used to feel guilty towards my family, as I couldn’t provide them with a proper safe house.

    What were the difficulties before your living conditions improved? We were facing a real danger as we used to live under a thatched roof which did not only expose us directly to the weather but it also carried insects, rodents, rats and snakes in its branches. This affected our safety and health and destroyed our clothes, blankets and food.

    How much are you satisfied with your new home? I couldn’t gather the money to build a wooden roof, but thanks to Habitat Egypt we were finally able to do it. Now, we can live in peace and happiness. My family lives in a safe place. Our health improved

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    Meet the family of Aid Adb El Gaber

    Housing program ‘Poorest of the poor’ program

    Habitat Egypt provides housing loans to families in need, ranging from EGP 2,000 to EGP 12,000. Loans are used for building, repairing and improving homes.

    Habitat Egypt believes in the importance of the continuity of the program. Families who partner with Habitat Egypt repay their loans and the repayments of these revolving loans are used to build more houses in the village. The loans are usually repaid in a period of three years. Monthly repayments cannot exceed the value of 25 per cent of the family´s monthly income.

    Based on the belief that every Egyptian has the right to a healthy house, Habitat Egypt has agreed with their local partners to contribute towards the poorest of the poor communities by allocating 7 per cent of the annual housing to the “Poorest of the Poor” program, targeting those who are unable to pay in the form of non-refundable grants. This intervention succeeded in building and renovating homes for more than 10,000 people in financial year 2016.

    This great success encouraged some of the donors to allocate a fair part of their donations to serving the “Poorest of the Poor” program allowing Habitat Egypt to continue serving this disadvantaged group.

    You can help Egyptian families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:

    DONATE Go to habitat.org/donate and designate your gift to Habitat Egypt.

    VOLUNTEER Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own. For more information go to: habitat.org/gv

    TITHE Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 862400, EGYPT on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709

    What you can do

    CONTACT Habitat for Humanity Egypt www.habitategypt.org Ayman Awny, Finance & Admin manager [email protected] Christine Gamil, RD Coordinator [email protected] Michal Kruzliak, Program Manager, Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa, [email protected]

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