Egyptian Rotarians have joined forces with a local charity to help families in a Cairo shantytown become self‐sufficient
- The idea for the effort came from a group of young Egyptians who had been working with the Sohbet Kheir Organization to provide free meals to families in the shantytown.
- Though they realized the importance of short‐term nutrition, they determined that Establ Antar’s residents needed skills to support themselves.
- The group presented a plan to the Rotary Club of Cairo‐Zamalek, which obtained support from the Rotary Club of Berlin‐Nord, Germany, and the project was born.
- Establ Antar is a community of tiny, one‐room homes made of wooden boards and cloth, clustered around the historic Antar citadel.
- There is no plumbing; water is delivered by donkey cart. “The conditions are quite desperate,” says Sohbet Kheir Organization project leader Yasmina Abou Youssef, whose father, Mohamed Abou
Youssef, is a member of the Cairo‐Zamalek club.
- “Rotary provided assistance, and now we are making a big difference.” • Volunteers paint the new schoolhouse, financed by Rotarian Mamdouh Badr el Dein to provide literacy