Egyptian Fellow Hany El Miniawy was recently selected by the International Union of Architects as recipient of the 2008 Vassilis Sgoutas Prize, which recognizes architects contributing to the alleviation of poverty.
Through the construction of low-cost, environmentally friendly housing for low-income areas in Egypt, Hany transfers his knowledge and experience of building materials and techniques to youth living in impoverished areas. This provides them with employment in the short term and the capacity to replicate his work in their own communities, as the population of low-income Egypt continues to swell.
Many congratulations to Hany for his remarkable achievements and this important recognition!
Images for Life, a two-year community based project sponsored by Fellow Abdelfattah Abusrour’s Al Rowwad Cultural and Theatre Training Center in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, aims to train Palestinian youth and adults in professional photography and video as a “powerful tool for change and a beautiful means of resistance.” The photographs and the videos (here and here) presented shed light on both the sober and joyful realities of life in the camp, as well as an unmistakable expression of hope for the future of the community.
A variety of activities were presented by Fellow Maha Helali’s ADVANCE Society to commemorate Autism Awareness Month in April. Events included a roundtable, a sporting gala involving 23 community organizations and nearly 600 participants, a conference on autism organized in conjunction with Assiut University, and an art exhibit held at the Cairo Opera House. Raising visibility and encouraging discussion are fundamental to promoting social inclusion and integration of individuals on the autism spectrum, especially as awareness of autism and other disabilities has only recently begun to develop in the Arab region. In April, Maha traveled to Qatar (attending the Shafallah Center’s 3rd Annual Forum) and Saudi Arabia, and later this month, will travel to Lebanon, to participate in international conferences on autism awareness and inclusion.
Fellow Ehaab Abdou and other members of his youth-focused organization, Nahdet El Mahrousa, contributed to the most recent issue of Beyond, a quarterly public policy journal of Al Ahram. Here, Ehaab discusses the potential of young people to positively impact Egyptian society, as well as key trends, challenges, and opportunities associated with their civic participation.