Egypt

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 26 percent of Egypt’s population lives in poverty, while 49 percent of those living in Upper Egypt cannot provide for their basic needs of food and shelter.

Egypt’s unemployment rate has reached 13.2 percent and that number almost doubles for women. Egypt has been experiencing a rise in poverty and food insecurity for the past three years, according to reports released by the United Nations food agency and its partners.

Salesian-run educational and social development services give hope to youth and their families living in poverty throughout the country.

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Provide technical & vocational training

Salesian missionaries operate the Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute, a center of excellence located in Cairo. Every year, the institute trains youth as industrial experts, prepares them to enter the workforce and helps the country maintain a high level of industrial development.

Students at the Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute have recently been working on the development of two innovative prototypes to implement solar power. This project was carried out in cooperation with AFD (Agence Française de Développement), IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement) and Schneider Egypt in order to provide students with the tools and skills needed to undertake this project.

Students are working on developing a pump, which will use the energy generated by the sun through panels without the use of batteries. A second project is to develop ideas for how to provide a small house with solar energy, in addition to using the national power grid, depending on the availability of the sun.

“The idea of ​​the project is to teach students, the next generation of engineers, to be familiar with new technologies for the use of solar energy,” said an Egyptian manager of Schneider.

Another program, the Salesian House, was founded in Alexandria in 1896 by Father Rua to provide education to the many Italian migrants who lived there. Today, the Don Bosco School in Alexandria educates more than 900 students, mostly Muslim, in classes ranging from primary school to vocational training. The courtyards and playgrounds of the Salesian House are filled with students after school who connect with their peers in a safe and supportive environment. The institute is recognized, and partially funded, by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Provide youth centers & safe activities

Salesian missionaries in the community of Zeitoun, within the city of Cairo, offer an oratory and parish. The programs primarily serve young Egyptians and South Sudanese who are refugees in the country. Father Dany Kerio, rector of the Salesian community, notes that the oratory playground is a meeting place of culture and people.

The Salesian community provides education and social development services for youth and their families living in poverty in the region. Youth are able to access the Salesian programs and gain assistance with homework, connect with their peers, and be connected with adults who provide mentorship and support in their lives. The community is also serving many South Sudanese refugees who have escaped violence and conflict in their home country. But many are faced with racial discrimination and challenges in Egypt. Salesian missionaries work to mitigate these difficulties through programs aimed at helping refugees integrate into their new communities.

Respond to refugee needs

Refugees are receiving scholarships for training from a project funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) through a Salesian technical and vocational training center in Cairo.

Salesian missionaries offer vocational and technical training to assist refugees in gaining the skills needed for employment in their new host countries, which for many is particularly challenging due to labor laws and a lack of established social and professional networks.

In addition to the technical training, the project provides life skills training, health awareness, entrepreneurship literacy workshops, job panels, seed grants, and violence prevention training to help refugees build the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and adjust in their new urban environments. One of the great successes of the project is the additional social services, including transportation vouchers for travel to and from courses that are fully funded for participants. Those engaged in the training are also provided vouchers to purchase groceries and other essentials from a local store. This helps to ensure that basic needs like nutrition are met.

Each participant also receives a voucher for a primary care checkup and eye exam with a doctor who comes to the school. Some medicine prescriptions are included as are referrals for secondary care as needed.

The project was first funded through Salesian Missions in 2014. To date, the project has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of nearly 2,500 Sub-Saharan African and Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians.

Provide clean, safe water

Don Bosco Technical Institute in Cairo has new bathrooms and access to clean, fresh water thanks to funding from Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” Every year, Don Bosco Technical Institute welcomes more than 4,000 people who regularly attend classes and other activities, and they will now benefit from clean water access and proper sanitation.

With Salesian Missions funding, Don Bosco Technical Institute improved and renovated the two bathrooms and installed two safe drinking water supplies. This allowed the school to provide sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation services for both male and female students.

The project entailed dismantling the old facilities and upgrading both the plumbing and electrical systems, including the use of LED lighting which will provide a drastic reduction in energy costs and maintenance. Walls were plastered and a new concrete slab was poured. Five new toilets were provided in each bathroom in addition to new sinks. The school also hung posters above the sinks to remind students to practice good hygiene.

Don Bosco Technical Institute also purchased and installed two steel 240-liter water coolers, each of them with three taps. One cooler will be placed inside the locker room and the other in the courtyard so students have water access during and after physical education sessions and during recreation.

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EGYPT: Young refugee earns a stable living thanks to technical training he received through a Salesian Missions project in Cairo

The project has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of more than 2,500 Sub-Saharan African and Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 3, 2020) Kedr, a 24-year-old man from Somalia who lives in Eg

EGYPT: Don Bosco Technical Institute has access to clean, fresh water and improved sanitation thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

More than 4,000 people who regularly attend classes and other activities will benefit from clean water access and proper sanitation. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (July 31, 2020) Don Bosco Technical Institute in Cairo, Egypt, has new bathrooms

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Salesian Missions highlights educational and social programs that aid refugees

Programs in Egypt, Italy, Peru and Uganda highlight the work of Salesian missionaries that provide refugees much needed support and hope for a brighter future. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 20, 2020) Salesian Missions, the U.S developmen

EGYPT: Mother of 4 from Sudan starts tailoring business thanks to Salesian Missions project in Cairo

The project has improved the livelihoods and quality of life of more than 1,300 Sub-Saharan African and Syrian refugees and vulnerable Egyptians. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Feb. 26, 2020) Nawal, a 47-year-old Sudanese single mother of four

WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Salesian Missions highlights technical skills training and social programs for refugees

Salesian programs in Egypt, Kenya and Uganda highlight this year’s theme of taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 20, 2019) Salesian Missions stands with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and

INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs assisting young migrants

Programs in Mexico and in countries in Europe and Africa illustrate the Salesians focus on ensuring young migrants have access to the education and social supports they need. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Dec. 18, 2018) Salesian Missions joi

EGYPT: Sudanese refugee able to launch training center to help other refugees thanks to Sunrise Project

With seed funding provided by the Sunrise Project, Alamin Abkar, who has a bachelor’s degree in education, started the New Vision Center. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Aug. 13, 2018) Alamin Abkar, a married 34 year old father of three, has

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Salesian Missions has released a statement in regarding the situation of the Salesians in Egypt, in response to the turmoil and protests against the government and President Hosni Mubarak.

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