Social Solidarity a cooperation protocol with Helwan University (HU) to development informal settlements


Dr. Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, and Dr. Maged Negm, President of Helwan University, signed today, Tuesday, a joint cooperation protocol between the Ministry and Helwan University, in order to implement the plan for developing informal settlements, the environment and society at the university's headquarters.

This protocol comes within the framework of the state's commitment to implement what was included in the constitution issued in 2014 regarding the development of a comprehensive national plan to confront the problem of informal settlements, re-planning, providing infrastructure and facilities, improving the lives of citizens and public health, taking care of the citizens with low-income, as well as developing dangerous and insecure informal areas, and paying attention to social dimensions for all citizens to lead a decent life.

This protocol is considered as a documentation of a community partnership between the two parties that defines the tasks and responsibilities, each within the limits of its competence. This goes in confirmation of what is required by the conditions of the Egyptian society that places strong emphasis on building people, especially in informal areas to achieve sustainability and cope with Egypt Vision 2030.

The Ministry of Solidarity is committed to activating the urgent interventions in the slums located within the scope of Helwan University's work, in addition to working on families living in these areas, and directing the sectors affiliated to the Ministry to meet the basic needs of these families in these areas to help them lead a decent life. The university should intensify intervention with the Ministry's initiatives in terms of social, environmental, health and economic dimensions to serve our families in the informal areas referred to in the protocol.

Helwan University is committed to determining the slums to be interfered in and located within the university’s scope of work. It also calculates the number of families living in the informal settlements and classifies them according to several indicators (income and sources - educational level - age groups - gender - skills - crafts - divorced women - widows - abandoned women - women heads of households- children and youth who are still completing their studies ... etc.), counting the needs of families in these areas and starting immediately in the Kafr El Alu, an area of ​​interest to the university. In addition to, studying societal problems in these areas under study, and providing and presenting all the available data, reports and studies issued by the monitoring center at Helwan University which are related to the subject of the protocol.


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