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Sawiris Foundation for Social Development
Activities and Programs

Since its inception, the Foundation has funded almost 30 projects throughout Egypt and in different fields creating some 5,000 job opportunities. 

 In the health sector, the Foundation has trained young men and women to become health care providers in homes; primary health care practitioners in hospitals;  teachers in nursing schools; vaccination coordinators in campaigns for children and pregnant women; supervisors and head nurses in hospitals; nutritionists in nurseries; and specialists in a health care unit for diabetic children; trainers for home health care providers and special needs educators to rehabilitate mentally challenged persons and facilitate their integration into the society.

 In support of micro-and-small business creation, the Foundation has provided seed money to build two bakeries and train unemployed youth to operate them; and to establish two transfer stations for solid waste management. It has also provided grants to non-governmental organizations for the creation or expansion of micro-credit units to serve female-headed households, young unemployed graduates, agricultural producers, as well as physically challenged persons. In addition to that, the Foundation is participating in the development of rural women entrepreneurs’ skills. 

In the vocational arena, the Foundation has trained youth to become highly qualified welders; to work in the tourism industry; to become crew members and day skippers on yachts. The Foundation is also training youth to work as technicians in the field of paper and textile printing and in the ready-made garment industry. The Foundation is also collaborating in the establishment of an employment unit in Mokattam to redirect graduates towards working in unconventional jobs such as driving with simple home repair skills and cooking with banquet and catering services.

The Foundation is also supporting the development field by training youth to work at different managerial levels within NGOs.

 In memory of its founding Chairman, the Foundation also funds the Ibrahim Shihata Scholarship for a student to pursue a doctorate degree in International Development Law, at Queen Mary’s College, University of London.

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