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The EFG Hermes Foundation for Social Development assists people and institutions overcome the financial, educational and health-related challenges facing our society. It aims to make a positive change in local communities by supporting innovative and sustainable programmes that increase the opportunities for those most in need. Since its establishment, the Foundation has adopted a sustainable integrated development approach as the most effective means of maximizing both impact and return on investment of scarce development funds. Partnership is a key tenet of the Foundation’s approach and each project brings together partners from both public and private sectors, donors and civil society in synergistic that have tangible, measurable impact on both communities and individuals.


The EFG Hermes
Foundation: From
Strength to Strength
Over 500,000 beneficiaries
and counting

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Related Sustainable Development Goals:

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Delivery of the health unit, preschool and first phase of rebuilt houses in Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir.

 

Launch of the EGP 70 million Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village Integrated Development Project in Luxor Governorate.

 

Delivery of Al-Makhzan Integrated Development Project in Qena Governorate with 20,000 beneficiaries.

 

Launch of initiatives such as medical convoys, awareness campaigns, youth education grant facilities and NGO support.

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Chief Executive Officer of the EFG Hermes Foundation and Head of CSR Hanaa Helmy is recognized by the UNGC as one of 10 SDG Pioneers.

 

Conclusion of the HBV University campaign successfully vaccinating over 15,000 students.

 

Delivery of the first Integrated Development Project, the EGP 30 million Ro’ya Project in Ezbet Yacoub, Beni Sweif Governorate and adoption of the integrated development philosophy as the most effective means of sustainably and positively impacting lives.

 

Establishment of the EFG Hermes Foundation with a focus on Poverty Alleviation, Disease Prevention & Youth Development.

Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir: A Society Transformed

The Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village Project typifies the Foundation’s collaborative sustainable integrated development approach, but it also prioritizes tangible impact on individual lives. The initial gap analysis for the project highlighted high poverty and unemployment rates, limited access to healthcare, poor housing conditions, inadequate infrastructure, a dearth of educational opportunities, and little hope for the future. The Foundation takes a very personal approach to development: if a project cannot sustainably improve lives, both in the short-term as well as the long-term, then it is not fulfilling its goals. The aim is not just to build structures, but to make sure that these structures fulfil the needs of those living and working there and to allow them to dream of a brighter future.

A new house, a new lease on life: Noura – Housing beneficiary

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‘I can’t believe I have a house with proper walls, a roof and privacy. The boys and the girls are separated, I have a place to greet guests, and I have my own room. I never dared to dream of any privacy.
Before, we didn’t have a sewerage system; we’d just dump the dirty water out on the streets. It was such a headache between the neighbours. We were always quarrelling. Now, we don’t have any problems. Thanks to the new sanitation system, our lives are calm.
My son goes to the new preschool; I can clearly see the difference in educational standard compared to his older siblings. I really wish they had had the same opportunities. A child born into a clean and healthy environment like this will live up to his surroundings.
I feel human; I never expected to feel this happy.’

NAGA’ EL FAWAL AND EL DEIR
PROJECT AT A GLANCE

EGP 70 million investment
5 partners
20 houses rebuilt and delivered (Phase I)
Clean water and Sanitation system
Health unit completely refurbished
Brand new preschool

Education: The Building Block of Hope

 

September 2019 saw the launch of El Deir Village preschool, the Young Scholars Academy. The preschool provides quality education and social skills unavailable anywhere in the vicinity and equips 70 children with a solid base that will allow them to thrive as they follow their educational path. Teachers at the Young Scholars Academy have been receiving training on the Montessori philosophy in early education since August 2017. The preschool also offers a special programme catering to 20 children with special needs. Four out of the 20 children with special needs are joining their colleagues in the Montessori classrooms to prepare them for future public-school enrolment. The preschool has successfully created 27 sustainable jobs, 23 of which are teaching positions.

Pride in teaching: Doaa – Montessori teacher

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‘Before the preschool opened, children younger than 6 were either playing on the street or placed in nurseries where they learnt nothing. When it came to be time for them to start school, they had absolutely no skills and couldn’t cope with the transition. Here at the preschool, we’re equipping them with social and pedagogic skills, and they are more than ready for school. I’ve benefitted a lot from the training. Working with the children and gaining this experience has been a revelation. I don’t think there’s a better job than raising a generation. I look at these children and I’m so proud of them, and I look forward to seeing what they’re capable of and having a small part in their success.’

Rapid improvement: Mohamed, father of Omar – special needs student

‘My son is 11 years old. He has speech and development handicaps. I used to take him to a special centre in Luxor. We went for an entire year and never saw any improvements. He’s been coming to the Young Scholars Academy for two months. The improvement is tremendous. I almost can’t believe it. The teachers have really helped with how he articulates words. He has also gained some social skills.

It encouraged us to go online and try to understand how the Montessori system works so that we can support the work being done at the preschool. I wish the project could be expanded to build a primary school so that the children can continue their entire education within this system.’

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