Egypt's Ministry of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs has launched an online fundraising platform on Monday to raise $1 million in donations from Egyptian expats in the US to support the presidential Decent Life Initiative, which aims to raise the living standards of over 50 million citizens, according to Emigration Minister Nabila Makram.
The platform will also help to promote a fundraising event scheduled for 2 October that will be launched by Egyptian expats in the US under the patronage of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to collect donations for the three-stage presidential initiative, the minister added.
Makram's announcement was made during an online meeting on Monday with representatives of the Decent Life Foundation, Laila Pence — one of the US’ top wealth advisors and president of Pence Wealth Management — among others.
Donations from the Egyptian community in the US can be made online through the newly released website (https://hayakarimausa.com). The money can be donated online via credit cards or by mailing cheques using a postal service.
The platform includes a detailed overview on the Decent Life Initiative, the minister added.
During an online meeting with representatives of the Decent Life Foundation on Monday 13 September, 2021. Al-Ahram
The Decent Life Initiative (‘Hayah Karima’ in Arabic) comprises a series of countryside-focused national infrastructure projects.
It was first initiated experimentally in 2019 by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who tasked the Ministry of Social Solidarity with developing Egypt’s poorest 1,000 villages.
In December 2020, El-Sisi expanded the initiative to include 4,500 villages within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy of Egypt's 2030 Vision.
The national project’s budget has been increased to around EGP 600 billion.
The enormous volume of work required to develop the 4,500 villages required the initiative to be divided into three stages comprising 1,500 villages each.
The first phase started in January 2021 with a budget of nearly EGP 200 billion and is due to be completed by the end of FY 2021-22.
The initiative also addresses issues faced by Egyptian women by providing family guidance, counselling offices, and reproductive health clinics. It will also provide decent housing in new complexes and, wherever possible, develop existing housing.
In terms of education services, the initiative is building 13,000 classrooms. Health services wise, the national project aims to develop existing health units, construct new hospitals, and implement the new Universal Health Insurance System.