Empowering Women through Handicrafts: The role of ENID in Upper EgyptMarwa, like many girls in her poor rural village in Upper Egypt, only received a basic level of education and then she had to drop out of school. Since then, her parents restricted her from leaving home or interacting with her community. But, three years ago, she was introduced to the Egypt Network for Integrated Development (ENID) (El Nidaa’) that established a handicraft workshop to teach young girls how to make products using camel bones. This workshop gave her the opportunity to learn a new skill, which opened up different horizons for her. Although she faced strong resistance from her parents, Marwa overcame these barriers with the help of the project team and she was trained in the workshop. One year later, she had a proper job in the workshop.
No more black clouds: Sustainable farming in Upper EgyptBurning agricultural waste has been found to be one of the main causes of this harmful pollution. Many farmers have been burning leftover straws for ages, not knowing the proper ways to dispose and/or recycle them and believing that it is actually beneficial to burn them for farming.
Public Works: Starting work in your own communityEgypt has experienced a sharp rise of unemployment since the 2011 political transition, reaching 13.4% in early 2014, which is one of the highest levels in the past ten years, from an average of 8.9% in 2010. It is four times higher among women (24.5%) than among men and disproportionately affects the youth, which consists well over half (70.8%) of the unemployed.
SuccessStorySiwaTabluterLike many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Fatma was deprived of an education due to her family’s poverty and a community tradition biased against girls’ education. These factors, in addition to the oasis’ harsh living conditions, resulted in an illiteracy rate reaching 40 percent among women there, who make up half of Siwa’s population of 23,000.