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The second major project undertaken by the Foundation in its first year of operation is the development of Al-Amal Town (Town of Hope). This is a very small town about 25 km away from 6 October City.
A team of social workers, educators, health care professionals visited the town to identify the needs of its inhabitants. Although the team members were met with skepticism and hostility, they were able to report the following facts about the town and its inhabitants :

  • About 400 families living far below the poverty line reside in this town.
  • The town lives in isolation because of lack of means of transportation which can help them commune to the nearest districts of 6 October City.
  • There is no school in the town and, therefore, children do not receive any formal schooling.
  • There is no medical facility.
  • Unemployment rate is very high among the inhabitants, simply because the town itself does not offer any job opportunities and there is no means of transportation to help them find work in 6 October industrial zones.
Because of the complexity of the situation, the Foundation decided to take immediate action to help with the most pressing needs until further investigations are done for long-range solutions.


A quick survey was conducted which helped identify the inhabitants’ most pressing needs in two requests :

  • helping them get medical treatment, and
  • helping the families with no income.

These two requests were granted immediate approval. The families which have very limited or no income are given monthly salaries. 


The Foundation established a medical clinic in the town on June, 18th 2008. The clinic is run by a general practitioner and a qualified nurse who provide outpatient services on a daily basis. Other medical problems requiring specialized medical care are dealt with by a team of consultants who visit the clinic once a week. In case of emergency, the patients are referred to MUST Hospital for immediate medical care. All medical treatment and medication are free.

 

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