SODIC, one of the country’s leading real estate development companies, to secure clean water network to 1000 homes in Ezzbet Khair Allah, one of Egypt’s informal communities.
The project to be carried out over one year and it is fully funded by SODIC at an estimated cost of EGP 1 million.
“At SODIC, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives focusing on education and rehabilitation, impact the lives of over 7,000 families every year,” said Managing Director of SODIC Magued Sherif in a press release.
“The first phase of the fresh water project in Ezzbet Khair Allah will benefit more than 1000 families. The contract signing follows a protocol agreement that is already in place between SODIC, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, Cairo Governorate, the GIZ and under the auspices of The Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Development,” adds the press release.
The signing ceremony hosted the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater; it was attended by Magued Sherif, SODIC’s Managing Director, Managing Director Mostafa El Shimi and Chairman Mamdouh Raslan.
Ezbet Khair Allah expands over an area of 2 square kilometers (480 feddans) with an estimated population of 700,000, making it one of the largest and most densely populated informal communities in Egypt.
Ezbet Khair Allah area is one of the largest unplanned communities in Egypt. Its residents have been living under the constant threat of having their homes demolished. They miss the most basic services including water, sewage, and electricity.
In Cairo, about 63 percent of the population lives in 81 informal areas, constituting 11 million people out of the city’s total population. In the Giza governorate, there are 32 slum areas, while Alexandria has 41, according to an article published in Ahram Weekly.
Informal settlements in Egypt started around the 1960s due to the immigration movement from rural to urban areas. People started forming informal communities looking for jobs and a better quality of life.