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Egyptian Rescuing Homeless Wins Arab Hope Makers Dh 1 Million Award

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Egyptian Rescuing Homeless Wins Arab Hope Makers Dh 1 Million Award

The various finalists as well as the winner at the Arab Hope Makers 2018 award ceremony. Photo courtesy of Emirates News

One of Egypt’s least known initiatives, Together to Save a Human, was just rewarded Dh 1 million by Arab Hope Makers for the humanitarian assistance they’ve been providing to Cairo’s homeless for the last two years.

The ceremony, which took place on Monday in Dubai highlighted the numerous charitable initiatives across the Middle East that were improving the lives of many in need.

Mahmoud Wahid, aged 35 and founder of Together to Save a Human, stood alongside Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and claimed his prize.

Wahid’s initiative started in 2016 when he spotted a man lying in the streets with gangrene ravaging his hand. He was able to provide medical assistance to the man but was apprehensive of how the man would later live his life. Accordingly, with friends, he decided to set up Egypt’s first home for homeless elderly and adults.

They have successfully helped over 70 cases of homeless men and women with 100 more cases being reviewed on their waiting list. So far, the heart warming initiative has helped more than 90 homeless person reunite with their families.

The initiative has an already existing shelter in Dokki, but there is another one under construction in Saqqara. In his video, he highlights that taking care of a single person could cost up to EGP 3,000. His initiative has been mostly depending on public donations.

According to The National, Waheed hopes to use his award money to build more shelters and provide his cases with adequate medical care.

Waheed wasn’t the only Egyptian featured in this year’s Arab Hope Makers’ Initiative. Indeed, another Egyptian journalist, Nawal Mustafa, was recognized for the help she provided female prisoners in rebuilding their lives post-release.

The Arab Hope Makers initiative is part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives foundation that was inaugurated on 4 October 2015. It honours individuals and institutions that have pursued a humanitarian goal on a yearly basis.

The initiative announced the launch of the Arab Hope Makers Academy that has for aim to consolidate and institutionalize humanitarian projects as well as imbue them with international standards of work.

“We want to create hope for millions of young Arabs to have a role in their societies,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid according to the National.

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Cairo-based and with nine years of experience in journalism, Sara is deputy editor-in-chief and managing editor of Egyptian Streets. She holds two Bachelors (Egyptology and Journalism) from the American University in Cairo (2011). Her interests include history, comparative archaeology, gender, religion, minority rights, science fiction, and the environment.

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