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CAIRO - 31 August 2021: Some 4,500 villages will witness drastic changes to improve life standards over three years, representing a leap for 58 million Egyptians.
The national mega project to develop the countryside is part of Haya Karima initiative. The first phase of the presidential initiative includes villages with a poverty level 70 percent or higher. The second phase has villages with a poverty level of 50-70 percent. The third includes villages with poverty levels below 50 percent.
The government has implemented 400 projects out of 625 in the first phase of the initiative to better the lives of the people in 68 villages in five of the neediest Governorates at a cost of about a L.E. billion. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has instructed his ministers to launch the second phase in 1,400 villages in 20 governorates, affecting 18 million residents.
The most important aspects of Haya Karima are:
- New youth centers and renovating buildings and pitches
- - New bridges and maintaining existing ones, and projects for pedestrians
- New roads and maintaining existing ones
- New agricultural complexes and recycling units
- New medical units
- Service centers providing social solidarity services
- Determining the numbers of people entitled to new housing
- Sanitation projects and expanding access of drinking water
- Developing and expanding power grids
- Digital infrastructure and reducing digital illiteracy
- Units for family consultations, women protection, and empowering people with disabilities
- Access to natural gas at homes
- 10,828 new school classes and improving educational output