Sun, 12 Jul 2020 - 06:51 GMT
The president spoke lightly with children, signed some gifts before he handed them to the kids - Presidency
CAIRO – 12 July 2020: Touring the housing project of Asmarat, which gives an alternative accommodation for residents of unsafe slums, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Saturday has followed up one of the nurseries in the project and joined children while they were singing and watching a puppet show.
The president spoke lightly with children, signed some gifts before he handed them to the kids and asked them about their activities in the district.
“My daughter, Sandy, may God protect you,” the President wrote to one of the girls in the nursery.
The President also listened to one of the children while reading out loud a poem saying:
We are in love with your soil, Egypt and everything in you
No matter how despicable people wound or hurt you
Sisi on Sunday has toured the third phase of the Asmarat housing project in Cairo. Asmarat 3 in Al-Mokattam district provides fully-furnished 7,440 housing units, each rented for a very low price of LE 350 ($22) per month.
The third phase of the project also includes a football pitch, four multi-purpose playgrounds, two swimming pools, a social building, a garden for children, four nurseries, four health units, a car mark that can hold up to 1,000 cars. Also, a mosque, a church and an automatic bakery production line will be established.
Concerning Asmarat dwellers, 13.6 percent of the families have female breadwinners, 47.7 percent consist of more than four members, and 65 percent have irregular workers, Social Solidarity Minister Nevin Al-Qabbaj said.
Also, 14.5 percent of the families suffer from chronic diseases or disabilities and 33 percent are illiterate.
For his part, Chief of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Ehab El Faar said the authority took part in developing 79 areas in the capital Cairo and the governorates of Giza and Alexandria in the northern part of the country, worth LE 28 billion ($1.75 billion).
Sisi said earlier on Sunday that any citizen who will apply for an apartment will get it, explaining that the Egyptian state stands by its citizens in difficult circumstances.
Sisi added, during the opening of a number of national projects, that despite the difficult circumstances of the Egyptian state, Egypt stood by its people, saying: "it offers an LE 600,000-apartment ($37,506) for the citizen to protect him/her from life in dangerous areas."
Egypt will finish implementing 100,000 housing units during fiscal year of 2020/2021, in addition to planning to finish implementing 105,000 units in 2021/2022, Minister of Finance Mohamed Ma’it said Sunday.