Mon, 17 May 2021 - 02:39 GMT
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CAIRO – 17 May 2021: The second phase of the Haya Karima initiative will target 4,670 villages in the coming two years.
The second phase of the initiative will be held over the course of three years starting in 2021 and ending in 2023. In the first year, the initiative will target 1,371 villages, where 17 percent of Egyptian population will benefit, while in the second year, it will be applied to 3,299 villages, where 35 percent of Egyptian population will benefit.
By the end of the year 2023, it is expected that more than half of the population (57 million Egyptians) will benefit from the initiative.
A total number of 4.5 million citizens benefited from the first phase of the initiative.
Egypt’s sustainable development plan for the fiscal year 2021-2022 has allocated L.E. 200 billion for the social initiative “Haya Karima.”
The L.E. 200 billion budget allocated for the initiative will be invested in health (L.E. 27.5 billion), education (L.E. 4.4 billion), electricity (L.E. 20 billion), sanitation and drinking water (L.E. 102 billion) and paving roads (L.E. 12.2 billion).
According to El-Saeed, the 2021/22 plan targets to establish 10,828 classrooms, develop 782 youth centers and playgrounds, establish and develop 317 governmental service buildings, rehabilitate and line of canals of 2,670 km length, develop 1,250 health care units, establish 389 ambulances, provide 510 mobile clinics, establish and develop 112 veterinary units and establish 191 agricultural service centers.
“Haya Karima initiative reflects the state’s keenness to maintain comprehensive human rights through providing a humane and dignified life by providing decent housing and other services,” said Member of Parliament Yasser Omar.
The initiative takes into account the middle class and lower-income families, by increasing wages and pensions, which reflects the understanding that families are affected by the repercussions of the pandemic, in an attempt to reduce the burden on them.
In 2020, Haya Karima was announced as a non-profit organization to implement the objectives of the initiative. A cooperation between three main ministries: Local Development, Social Solidarity and Planning, in addition to the participation of 16 civil society institutions.
The initiative has provided financial support to the most needy citizens, as well as services including medical, residential and job opportunities.
A study by the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies has revealed how the social initiative “Haya Karima” has changed the livelihoods in the Egyptian villages.
The study said that there was 75 percent of the villages in Egypt suffer apparent shortage in some development sectors, services and facilities such as clean water networks, sanitation and gas, electricity, schools and hospitals.
The study has confirmed that “Haya Karima” has worked to improve the standard of living and provide job opportunities in small and medium enterprises for the poor in the most needy areas.