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European Union joins 60 Days Initiative to support Egyptian vulnerable families

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 May 2020
A volunteer from a charity known as "Arabiet El Khier", or "Good car", carries a plastic bag with food for Iftar (breaking fast) for the families in need and people who have lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt April 27, 2020. Picture taken April 27, 2020. REUTERS
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The European Union (EU) announced on Thursday it has joined the "60 Days Initiative" together with Rotary Egypt, El-Orman NGO and other Egyptian national partners in supporting 1,000 Egyptian families of the most vulnerable who were impacted by the outbreak of the Covid-19.

According to the statement issued by the EU in Egypt, it contributed EGP 85,000 to the initiative, making up 500 food boxes distributed in the neediest villages of Fayoum and Minya.

"In solidarity with the Egyptian people, the EU has joined this initiative that seeks to alleviate the economic burden of some of the neediest persons including informal workers whose work was stopped during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak," said Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, head of the EU delegation in Egypt.

According to the EU statement, the initiative was launched by Rotary Egypt – District 2451, to distribute 4,000 boxes of food supplies to address the needs of over 1,000 Egyptian families of the most unprivileged who were affected by the coronavirus outbreak over the course of two months, including the holy month of Ramadan.

“The European Union and El-Orman Association have joined forces with Rotary, undertaking the distribution and coordination process to guarantee optimum results of inter-NGO cooperation and coordination with the Public Service Committee of the district, headed by (the former president) Ola El-Noury.”

The statement added, quoting El-Noury, that 30 Rotary clubs have taken part in the initiative, with a total fund of EGP 720,000 to fill 4,000 food boxes that would suffice the needs of over 1,000 Egyptian families (or approximately 5,000 persons) for a period of 60 days.

The 4,000 boxes were distributed as follows: 350 boxes in El-Hamrawein village, Hurghada; 1,100 boxes to the most unprivileged families in El-Amir village and the adjacent villages in El-Shaghab and Karam El-Hagga, Luxor; 500 boxes in Nazlet El-Samman, Giza; 1,000 boxes in the El-Rayyan village, Fayoum; 500 boxes in El-Saff village, Giza; and finally on the third day, 350 boxes in El-Ayyat, Giza.  

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