In 2020, CARE Egypt reached nearly 867,000 people in around 10 governorates in Lower and Upper Egypt through 26 projects.
2020 was a challenging year where all of us had to face a once in a life-time global pandemic. a pandemic which exploited any existing injustice.
In 2020, many people were harshly affected by the current pandemic. People are losing their jobs, students are struggling with the new online schooling, refugees in dire need for help to survive those tough times; and more.
Despite such trying times, CARE Egypt was able to continue the work and expand support to the most vulnerable groups and communities.
To respond to the emerging challenges during the pandemic, CARE Egypt provided food, shelter, housing assistance to aid refugees and asylum- seekers. We continue to support school students in order not to drop out from schools in local communities. We also continue to support small farmers to increase their productivity, we work closely with rural women to increase their economic opportunities, and we attribute special attention to youth employability and skills needed for the job market.
We need to think about funding over the long term, and not just to fill immediate gaps. We need to think about ways to prepare people and communities to cope with shocks and respond to emergencies themselves. We need to strengthen local institutions that can respond to people on the ground. And we need to find ways to address trends like climate change and conflict that make the situation worse.
In her seventies, Nadia was not satisfied with the trader she used to deal with. The prices were too low. She used the surplus of milk that was not sold to make cheese for her household consumption. Although her sons work as milk traders, she prefers to sell milk to the local MCC. “I am one of the
pioneers who started selling milk to the MCC and have been loyal to it since ever established ten years ago”, she says.
Sudan and South Sudan’s conflict and political upheaval, like many parts of Africa, have led thousands of refugees to flee their homelands, hoping to find better and safer lives for them and their families elsewhere. They leave behind them bad memories of rape, tribal conflicts or imprisonment due to political reasons. After a long journey of fleeing tainted with human trafficking risks, refugees head to Egypt just to get a chance to live.
Fatma, one of the few girls in her school students’ union, is very enthusiastic about her role in the union. “Eyeglasses for students with short sight” is her first initiative. It all started when Fatma saw some of her colleagues are bullied for suffering from short sight issues. They were hesitant to share their problem with their teachers. Fatma communicated the matter with the school management team that was not aware of the issue.