Our Social Initiatives

SCGC is devoted to establishing a sustainable dialogue with the local communities especially those surrounding the plants. Building partnerships for sustainable development is part of our company’s corporate policy.

In this respect, this attitude was reflected by initiating the following projects in the field of socio-economic development, education and health.

Omar Ibn El Khattab Preparatory School Upgrading Project, Suez

Implementing Agency: Takatof Association for Development
Location: Kafr Selim in Suez Governorate
Start Date: June 2014 
 

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Objective

The school has deteriorated due to the looting and riots that have been occurring in the city of Suez. The doors and windows need a complete change (and in some classrooms are not-existent), bathrooms are dilapidated and the flooring is in a very bad condition, Furniture, desks and chairs need to be changed. Scope of the project is to provide the students and the teachers with a good environment to help with the educational process.

Implementation of the program 
Upgrading in the school will be done on a structural and architectural level, infrastructure and furnishing/equipment. The execution of the project will be from May 2014 to February 2015, divided in 4 phases, ending with the school inauguration event.

 
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Progress at September 2015

The school has been completely upgraded and refurbished and more than 800 pupils, including children with special needs, can now benefit from better, brighter, warmer classrooms thanks to this initiative. The project's activities included also training courses addressed to the 61 teachers, the administrative staff of the school and the pupils' parents. 
Suez Cement and Takatof NGO also developed new activities, with the involvement of Suez Cement's employees, to tackle the project sustainability challenges. On this regard, Suez Cement and Takatof Association for Development signed an agreement to implement a school program against violence, that aims at decreasing the level of violence in the school and indirectly improve the educational process, and hire necessary cleanliness and security staff for securing and maintaining the school.

Partner Background 
Takatof Association for Development is an NGO with the goal of a “Better Quality of life for people of poor and underprivileged areas in Egypt”. 
Among its activities is the renovation of public schools according to a protocol agreement signed with the Ministry of Education.

Madrasti, Kafr El Elw - Helwan

Implementing Agency: ADEW, Association for Development and Enhancement of Women 
Location: Kafr El Elw, Helwan 
Start Date: May 2014

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Objective

Purpose of the project is to create a suitable and healthy school environment for children in order to empower them to become active citizens in the future and to achieve a long term change in mentality for the entire community to understand the need and vital importance of education for the present and future.

Implementation of the program

Renovation of the primary school in Kafr El Elw, Helwan will include:
- rehabilitation of the facilities
- scholarships to pay tuition fees and help families to purchase uniforms, book, shoes, school bags, etc..
- medical convoys to provide women and children with a medical service
- community mobilization program through which a set of development projects will be implementedProgress at March 2015
On March 3rd was held the closing conference of “Madrasti” project (My School) carried out by The Association for Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW) in collaboration with Helwan Cement Company. The conference aimed at presenting the achievements of the project implemented in the period between July 2014 and February 2015. ""Madrasti"" project was successful partnership for developing the learning environment in Kafr El-Elw district. The infrastructure of Kafr El-Elw primary school was developed for the benefit of 860 girl and boy students. Tuition fees were paid for a number of 500 students and sportswear, uniforms and stationeries were also offered to them. SCGC is glad to present you the achievements of the project implemented, as appeared on national portals at below links:

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Partner Background
ADEW is an Association for Development and Enhancement of Women believing in the power of social, economic and political development to alleviate poverty and eradicate the cultural differences between genders that perpetuate inequality.

Sponsorship of the Enactus Annual National Competition

Implementing Agency: ENACTUS EGYPT 
Location: Helwan, Suez, El Minya 
Date: Acadiemic years 2013 - 2014 and 2014 - 2015

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Objective
Suez Cement is one of the main sponsors of the Enactus Annual National Competition. Egyptian students are asked to present their development project to be evaluated by Egyptian business leaders serving as judges who will rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need and the most impact creating economic opportunities for others.
 

Implementation of the program  
Suez Cement provides Helwan, Tourah and Suez Enactus team with technical support to help them reach a high rank in the competition. The winners of the national competition are invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup that involve students from 39 other countries. In the academic year 2013-2014 Suez Cement also promoted the “Special Competition on marketing Italcementi Group innovative products in the Egyptian market” involving students from 40 Egyptian universities who were asked to prepare a marketing and communication plan to commercialize Italcementi Group innovative products in the Egyptian market. In its continuos commitment towards education and development projects inside the local communities SCGC has partnered again in 2015 with Enactus Egypt for the academic year 2014-2015. The funds also covered “Suez Cement Special Competition on Solar Energy”.
 
Partner Background
ENACTUS is an international non-profit organization that brings together students, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the world. 

Revamping of Helwan Public Hospital

Implementing Agency: Misr El Kheir Foundation 
Location: Helwan 
Start Date: December 2013
 

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Objective
Aim of the project is to give Helwan and neighbour areas an efficient structure that can contribute to the development of healthcare for the needy communities nearby the Company’s manufacturing sites. 
The upgrade of Helwan Public Hospital was in fact directly required by the Company’s employees. It is an example of successful stakeholders engagement, involving the private sector, the NGO, the government and the local community.

Implementtion of the program
Helwan and Tourah Cement Companies partnered in 2013 with the Misr El Kheir Foundation for the revamping of the facility. The area chosen as first stage is the Emergency Room, which is considered the first and more crowded step. In addition, the plan includes training of the staff, changes in the policies and procedures and other processes to enable performing in a more efficient and effective way. The project, worth LE 3 million, is set to tackle the hospital's crumbling infrastructure as well as provide proper medical equipment and maintenance. In addition, it will also look at hospital employee morale, due partially to the facility's chronic problem of being understaffed. The restructuring activities took unfortunately more than the one year expected, due to unforeseen technical impediments and additional works required. These delays caused the extension of the timeframe of the project which however resulted to be in the end very well equipped to develop the efficiency, safety and performance of the hospital itself by revamping the infrastructure, qualify and empower its staff in order to meet a standard suitable to the need of the patients.

Progress at September 2015
In pursuance to the successful completion of improving the health infrastructure of Helwan area through modernizing Helwan Public Hospital, Suez Cement has supported extra infrastructural activities to successfully complete the project. During the renovation works, Misr El Kheir Foundation discovered critical and complex obstacles in the hospital that weren’t visible initially and could not be estimated until reaching this phase of the project. As mentioned, the Emergency room was chosen as first stage area to be revamped as the more crowded step for trauma and accidents immediate care. The future plans should include renovation works in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments.

Partner Background
Misr El Kher Foundation is a non-profit organization involved in several sectors, including health, social solidarity, scientific research and education. The foundation supports projects in each field through financial support and consulting work as well as offers direct help to limited income families.  

Supporting the activities of Don Bosco Technical Institute

Implementing Agency: Don Bosco Institute in Cairo
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: May 2006 

 
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Objective
Suez Cement has been supporting Don Bosco since 2006 through upgrade of its infrastructure and facilities, development of new programs and increase of number of students attending the Institute. The project is linked to the national program for educational development and to the literacy policy launched by the Egyptian government. The overall program’s objective is to match the demand and the supply of training to improve Egyptian industries’ competitiveness in the global and domestic markets. The specific objectives of the project are to provide a suitable educational environment, increase the number of students and create new job opportunities for young Egyptians.

Implementation of the program
Over the years, the contribution of SCGC helped increasing the number of students attending the Institute, has allowed the construction and renovation of laboratories and classrooms and a new storey that holds seven classrooms and three laboratories which have been provided with the necessary educational equipment and furniture. In line with the objectives of the joint project, Suez Cement provided on yearly basis, summer internships to students from the Don Bosco Institute with two months of training on the cement industry. The 51-day program is divided into theoretical and on-the-job practical training. The theoretical part focused mainly on implementing two concepts that are new to students: Suez Cement’s Safety and Environmental policies. It also covers the technical issues related to cement manufacturing. SCGC has hired more than 25 graduates from the program and provided on-the-job training for another 170 participants on top of summer internship opportunities.
The project is also focused on conducting new training courses for the educational activities implemented in cooperation with the International Telematic UNINETTUNO University, a consortium of some of the most renowned Italian and Euro Mediterranean universities. The project provides skilled labor, highly qualified technicians and competitive managers for both the national and international work market.

Progress at 2015
The fund for 2015 covers the scholarship for 48 poor students and will be used to upgrade the centre by reinforcing the external wall, buying an electric generator and support the Oratorio (Youth Centre) for the recreational, schooling and social activities addressed to the youth of the neighborhood. 

Partner Background
The Don Bosco Technical Institute in Cairo was founded in 1926 with the aim of helping Egyptian teenagers holding a pre-school diploma to enter the job market. It has been regarded as a successful model, because of its combination of advanced practical training and modern educational techniques. The Institute supports young people from different social backgrounds by providing educational and training courses based on student-centered approaches, including cultural, professional and social aspects. According to the overall agreement between the Italian and Egyptian governments to promote technical, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries, the graduated Don Bosco students can be admitted either to Egyptian or to Italian Universities. Don Bosco graduates are well known and in demand throughout the industrial sector due to their excellent training and professional skills.

Suez Cement Company Endowed Fellowship Fund

Implementing Agency: AUC
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: January 2012 

 
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Objective
Suez Cement has given funding for the Suez Cement Company Endowed Fellowship Fund, which will support tuition for one Egyptian M.Sc. student in the School of Sciences and Engineering at the American University in Cairo. This graduate fellowship offers the chance for academically outstanding and financially disadvantaged students to obtain their master’s degree at AUC.

Implementation of the program
The recipient must reside in Helwan or Tourah in Greater Cairo, the Suez Governorate or the Minya Governorate or have graduated and received a Bachelor’s degree from Helwan University, Minya University or Suez Canal University. The student will be expected to complete his/her studies within two years. After the student graduates, another student will be selected to receive this fellowship. In this way, the donation will fund in full the education of bright and deserving students in perpetuity.

Progress at June 2015
Michael is currently enrolled for the second and terminal year of his master's program in mechanical engineering, after satisfactorily completing four courses during his first year while he was serving in the military. During the summer, Michael accepted a position as Projects Engineer for Wolf Lubricants. 
Michael reflected on his past year at AUC and wanted to share the following: 
“I am working on a research concerning sustainability and sustainable development. I have been researching on cement kiln dust (CKD), which is the fine-grained, solid, highly alkaline waste removed from cement kiln exhaust gas by air pollution control devices. It is currently categorized as “special waste.” 
I would like to let Suez Cement know that I appreciate their generous aid and that I have tried my best to make a good use of the opportunity they gave me. I am a better professional and person because they contributed to that. I deeply thank you for the great chance that you gave me to return to AUC as a graduate. Through this opportunity, I was able to make a huge career shift to production and industrial engineering. I was given the chance to conduct compatible research with my new job. Thank you for supporting me, I truly appreciate it.”

Partner Background
The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures. AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. 

57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital

Implementing Agency: 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital 
Location: Cairo 
Start Date: 2008 - 2013

 
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Objective
SCGC raises funds for 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital, one of the best cancer hospitals in the region. The donation, which includes cash and cement products, is set to enable the hospital to continue to engage in advanced cancer treatment and research.

Implementation of the program
Six hundred tons of cement were donated in 2008 for the construction of a new building which contains the cyclotron, special equipment used for the cancer therapy which allows a personalized cancer treatment. In 2012 and 2013 the Company supported the construction of a new clinic donating totally 100 tons. In 2013, 25 SCGC employees from the Helwan, Tourah and Kattameya plants participated in a marathon organized by the hospital to raise more funding for the medical facility. 
A special Ramadan Campaign with SCGC workers was dedicated to fundaraise the hospital collecting totally EGP 300,000 in addition to the EGP 115,000 previously donated by the Company.

Partner Background
Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 is the largest children’s cancer hospital in the world. CCHE is leading the way in healthcare in Egypt and is a model of what people can do when they work together for the benefit of mankind. It provides superior care for children suffering from cancer in Egypt, the Arab world and the Nile Basin countries.

Adopt a school

Implementing Agency: Injaz
Location: El Minya 
Start Date: August, 2012

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Objective

Suez Cement has agreed to “adopt” four Egyptian schools, one each in Tourah, Helwan, Suez and Menya. The money we donate will go to four main areas:  
- developing student skills 
- training the teachers on interactive ways of teaching 
- holding awareness sessions with parents 
- making the school environment a livable and healthy place where students can develop and flourish
 
Implementation of the program
Students:
Learn skills that are vital for them to be able to step up and become better citizens and employees developing their entrepreneurial skills and spirit. Courses the students will be studying (Environment, Personal Life Planning, Success Skills, More than Money, It's my business and Community Leadership) are built around three pillars: 
- work readiness
- financial literacy 
- entrepreneurship.
Teachers:
Enabling a school teacher to effectively implement the best modern teaching techniques through a breakthrough in education that will shift the old teaching paradigm.
Parents:
Coach parents on better parenting skills as well as discuss with them issues about building a healthy, engaged environment around the students that will welcome the changes and development fostered through the INJAZ courses.
School:
Assess school’s physical needs to make the school a better place for the students to study and play.
 
Partner Background 
INJAZ Egypt is an educational organization that works to bridge the gap between the education system and the private sector. In partnership with the Ministry of Education and multinational and national companies Injaz was established to create a new generation of empowered youth who will become entrepreneurs or the employees of choice for corporations, instead of joining the growing ranks of the unemployed. Injaz signed an MOU with the Ministry last year to launch the first Adopt a School program.

Training of students to help develop critical skills

Partners: Helwan and Suez Canal Universities 
Location: Helwan and Suez 
Start Date: November 2012 

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Objective

Following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on June 28, 2012, SCGC signed the implementation agreements with Helwan and Suez Canal Universities to provide assistance and training of students to help develop critical skills needed to raise their competitive edge in the job market after graduation, in addition to other support that will enhance the learning environment for both students and professors.

 

Implementation of the program

 
The support of the Group will be in some of the following areas: student trainings (English language and Soft Skills), internship opportunities, support of young reserchers and in addition, SCGC will financially assist defaulting or unable students to pay their tuitions and cover cement lab/materials.

SCGC’s activities during Ramadan

Location: Helwan, Tourah, El Minya, Suez

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Objective
In the spirit of the merciful month of Ramadan, SCGC ran different activities as part of its continuous commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility with the local communities. Ramadan is the most important and charitable month for all Muslims and in this view charity drives people to give back to those in need.

Implementation of the program
In Tourah and Helwan Cement Social Club, 300 seats are daily arranged annually for the “Maidat Rahman” providing the most disadvantaged people with a meal box, thus reaching almost 9,000 persons during the 29 days per year. 
In cooperation with different local NGOs thousands of Ramadan bags, which include the basic food needs for the fasting month, are also distributed to the poorest families of Cairo, Suez and Minya governorates. SCGC employees take part in delivering the food boxes to the beneficiary families listed on the NGOs’ databases through social status investigations. 
In addition, SCGC plants host iftars banquets for its employees to share together and spread the atmosphere of Ramadan and organize Ramadan Football Tournaments as an occasion of fun and positive competition between workers, contractors and neighborhoods. 

FOR THE SMILE OF OUR CHILDREN

Implementing Agency: National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM)
Location: Kafr El Elw, Al Maasara (Cairo)                                             
Start Date: June 2007

 
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Objective
The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) was established in 1988 as the highest national authority with policy making, planning, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation activities in the areas of child protection and development. 
Under the auspices of the Governor of Cairo, H.E. Abdel Azim Mussa Wazir, Suez Cement group of Companies (SCGC) and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), launched on the 18th of April, 2007 a comprehensive program designed to improve the standard of living conditions in the communities of Kafr El Elw and El Maasara area.  The key objectives are to help eradicate poverty by addressing community needs and providing access to quality infrastructure and services, especially in education.
The project addresses the environmental problems that affect the Southern Cairo communities. It aims at solving these problems by raising awareness on the importance of cleanliness for the environment and the public health in general. It tackles also other social issues such as illiteracy, unemployment and women’s and children’s rights. In cooperation with 19 local NGOs, religious leaders and schools, the project implements awareness-raising initiatives in the field of environment, health, education and children’s rights.

Expected Results
During the first year the project plans to achieve the following results:

  • A social survey about the inhabitants of the two southern Cairo districts available;
  • Students and teachers from 10 schools and local leaders are trained on environmental awareness;
  • Community environmental guard groups established;
  • Educational material  on environmental awareness prepared and distributed;
  • Special community events on environmental, health and social problems implemented;
  • Poor children, women and girls, before illiterate, know how to read and write and are aware of local environmental problems and related health issues.
  • six schools of Kafr El Elw and Al Maasara area revamped
  • two medical centers of the target area revamped
  • new green areas for the children established
  • Providing training courses addressed to the teachers of 10 schools of the target area
  • sport initiatives organized by the youth centers of the area implemented

Progress at March 2008
Since 2007, Suez Cement group of Companies has partnered with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) to implement a development project in the field of poverty alleviation targeting the local communities of Kafr El Elw and El Maasara, two districts of Helwan Governorate where two of the Company’s five plants are located. In 2008, SCGC provided a yearly grant of L.E. 2,400,000 to NCCM to improve the quality of life of the children and their families living in the two districts. The key objective of this development project, titled “For the Smile of Our Children”, is to contribute to the eradication of poverty and to address community needs and priorities by providing access to quality basic infrastructure and services, especially in the field of education.
To better respond to local needs and enhance the sustainability of social investments, the project has implemented awareness-raising initiatives in the areas of environment, health, education and children’s rights. The project adopts a participatory approach by involving the entire community, including community leaders, youth centers, local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and women’s groups. A Steering Committee has been established that includes representatives of Suez Cement, NCCM, Helwan Governorate, the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, the ministries of Education, Health, Electricity, Industry, and Interior, the Cairo Holding Company for Water and Sanitary Drainage, and local NGOs. To date, the project has conducted a social research survey to investigate the social, health and environmental problems the two communities are facing and to identify their needs. In particular, the study examined the population distribution in each of the two communities, and the educational and employment status of each. Teachers and heads of the environmental department of the Ministry of Education have been trained on how to organize environmental camps, and 1344 students have received training as environmental guards. The project also organized a green corner competition among the 10 schools involved in project activities. Sixty awareness campaigns on health and environmental issues have been executed, with special attention given to the awareness program on children’s rights, environment, drugs, smoking and female genital mutilation (FGM). In addition, the project has revamped and upgraded 6 schools from Kafr El Elw and El Maasara area, upgraded two health medical centers, and covered the school fees of 710 children to prevent them from dropping out of school. Within the framework of the project, SCGC co-sponsored some of the activities of the national campaign against FGM, and participated at a high-level regional conference titled "For the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation - the Cairo Declaration + 5". The conference took place in Cairo on 13 -15 December 2008 under the patronage of the First Lady, H.E. Suzanne Mubarak. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences accumulated at the regional and national levels, in order to identify and consolidate the most appropriate strategies and legislative policies to combat FGM, and create the foundations of a real and strong international alliance to eradicate the practice once and for all. During the event, H.E. Moushira Khattab, secretary general of NCCM, thanked Suez Cement as the first and only private company that accepted to support this important national campaign. A special website for the event is online at http://www.fgmcairodeclaration2008.org.eg

SALAMTAK BEL DONIA CAMPAIGN

Implementing Agency: International Labour Organization ( I.L.O ) Ministry of Manpower and Migration
Start Date: May, 2007

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Objective
Within Suez Cement “Zero Accidents project”, and building on ILO’s relevant Conventions on Occupational Safety and Health and other documents. The campaign will target mainly workers, their families and communities; and will seek to create awareness among them concerning the key safety and health hazards they may encounter in their work.  
The project aims to increase awareness, shift and change cultural settings with regard to safety and health at work. It provides the correct information that will allow the workers and their families to make sound and well informed choices. 

Expected Results
The main expected results of the project are: 

  • Launch of the National Safety Day;
  • TV spots on safety and health at work produced and broadcasted on national TV and local media channels;
  • Audio-visual material produced and distributed to the workers and the local communities
  • Advocacy initiatives implemented in the local  communities where the plants are located during year 2;
  • Communities capacity to organize advocacy initiatives developed and tested;

Progress at March 2008 
Preparations for this campaign were carried out in close collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation, and the Federation of Egyptian Industries.
This campaign aims to sensitize workers, their families, communities and the general public as to the causes and consequence of work-related injuries; and means to avoid them. It intends to stimulate greater respect for occupational safety and health in Egyptian industry in general.
This nation-wide campaign utilizes media such as (TV and Radio) in addition to printed materials as posters in the streets and public transportation to disseminate widely occupational safety and health messages. 
Within this context, the project target a variety of groups including children/young people, parents, schools, policy makers and communities through an integrated campaign that relies on a number of social communication interventions including public service announcements, public events, the use of radio and television and direct communication approaches that can be implemented at the local level.
To date, the project produced 4 TV campaigns, 4 advertisements for buses and billboards in the metro station. 
A radio program on safety at the cement industry was aired on different radio program such as “El Bernameg Elam” containing interviews with experts as well as field interviews with workers. 
The project published newsletter, brochures and organized on October, 22nd 2008 the Open-Door Day at Kattameya plant. 

SUPPORT SIX PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SAMALOUT DISTRICT

Implementing Agency: Education Department of El Minya Governorate
Location: Samalout district (El Minya)
Start Date: August 2007

 
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Objective
The project is linked to the national program for educational development and to the literacy policy recently launched by the Egyptian Government. Its main aim is to provide a suitable educational environment to school children in the governorates of Minya, which is particularly deprived area where obsolete buildings need to be replaced to cope with the growing population of school age children.

Expected Results
The project will revamp, maintain and equip 6 primary schools. The works will consist of complete refurbishment, partial refurbishment and extensions. They will include the establishment of all relevant infrastructures (water, electricity and sanitary networks, as well as the construction of paved roads to guarantee access to the schools for children). In addition, schools will be provided with the necessary educational equipment, furniture and recreational areas.

Progress at March 2008
All the 6 schools in Minya have been provided with computers laboratories and libraries. Infrastructural works (water and electricity networks) were implemented for 4 schools.

SCHOOL FEEDING IN EL MINYA

Implementing Agency: World Food Programme                                    
Location: Samalut district (El Minya)

Objective
The project aims at reducing poverty and enhancing human resources by addressing nutritional deficiency and hunger. In particular, its objective is to improve the nutritional and health status of school children in vulnerable areas between 6 and 12 years old and to enhance their capacity to concentrate and learn at school. This objective will be achieved by supplying snacks to 3000 children of Samalut district on a daily basis, all through the school year, as an incentive to encourage poor families to send their children to primary school.

Expected Results
The main expected results of the project are: 

  • increase of enrolment in the target schools;
  • reduction of drop-out rates;
  • minimization of short-term hunger for the target student population;
  • snacks are produced in compliance with required food quality standards;

Progress at July 2009
In keeping with its social engagement strategy, and with the aim of supporting and enhancing the government’s efforts to improve the quality of education by 2015, Suez Cement signed a partnership agreement with the World Food Programme in January 2008 to provide school feeding support to pre-school, primary, and one-class schools, as well as Girls’ Education Initiative (GEI) schools, in the village of Beni Khaled in the district of Samalut. Beni Khaled ranks high among Egypt’s poorest 1000 villages. The Company’s contribution to this project amounts to L.E. 1,000,000. The beneficiary village of Beni Khaled, which surrounds the El Minya White Cement plant, has seven basic education/primary level schools, three one-classroom schools and five GEI schools. Suez Cement’s contribution provides nutritious in-school snacks to 3757 children. The company exceeded the number of children specified in the agreement (2800 children), in order to provide similar treatment to all children enrolled in the assisted classes, as per the request of the School Feeding Unit at the Ministry of Education. The table below provides a breakdown of the Company’s outreach by school, type of school, and number of students.

SUPPORT TO EL MINYA UNIVERSITY

Implementing Agency: El Minya University
Project Duration: 1 year                                                 
Location: El Minya                               
Start Date: August 2007

 
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Objective
The main goal is to help improve the quality of education and create new job opportunities for the youth of El Minya governorate. In this respect, the Company sponsored a computer laboratory and a language laboratory, supported multicultural exchange activities, and will implement a summer training program in its plant for 40 students.

Expected Results

  • Construction of a computer lab and a language laboratory;
  • 3 Workshops on the properties of white cement implemented in cooperation with Polytechnic University of Milan and CTG- Italcementi Group.
  • 40 students will be trained at El Minya plant;
  • Scholarship for the best graduate students of El Minya to attend the Master course on civil engineering “F.lli Pesenti” organized by Polytechnic University of Milan;

Progress at March 2008 
The project organized three workshops on the properties of white cement in cooperation with Polytechnic of Milan and CTG. 
A scholarship of 20,000 Euro has been granted to one of the best graduated Engineer of El Minya, who is currently attending the Master course in Milan. 
The infrastructural works for the two laboratories will be completed by the end of June 2008.

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