Ongoing Projects

Maktabti

Rotaract Club of Cairo Royal and La Femme Nouvelle Orphanage need your support to give young ladies access to knowledge and information! We seek to establish a library in La Femme Nouvelle Orphanage, covering all age groups. The library will include several sections, ranging from children’s books to youth novels. It will also cover subjects such as art and music, science and technology, and will include a multimedia section, covering documentaries and educational videos. How can YOU help?! All you need to do is give us the books you don’t need anymore: novels, encyclopedias, short stories, documentaries, etc. They can be both in English and Arabic! Collect the books and contact us to come pick them up, or join us for our weekly reading sessions

 

Tanweer el Heiz

Tanweer el Heiz aims at installing solar home systems in the village. Funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, Piraeus Bank, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Amaak Petroleum and many individual donors as well as our Rotary Club, Rotaract Club of Cairo installed solar home systems for 59 families in el Heiz.

Majnoon Leila - Preparing a Play

 
When the secondary school girls of la Femme Nouvelle Orphanage told us about their passion for Bollywood, reciting songs and recreating dances, the idea of performing a play spurred instantly. In a first session, we got to know the girls better. They told us the story about Majnoon Leila as stated in one of the Indian movies. Together, we divided the play into 5 acts and agreed on who will play each character, and started playing out the first scene. The girls realized that they would need a script and promised to draft one for the first scene for the next time we meet. The second session, kindly supported by Amina Abdel-Meguid included some basic acting games and improvisations, giving the girls a feel for acting. While during our last session in October, the girls wowed us with the choreography of a dance to an Indian song which was unanimously agreed upon to be included in the play. Next month we will be working on coming up with a script and hopefully, start rehearsing some of the scenes.

PD Session: Community Psychology

 
On the 19th of October 2014, Dr. Mona Amer, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The American University of Cairo, gave us a presentation about Community Psychology. Dr. Amer started the presentation by explaining the different fields of psychology; namely, applied and research. Then, she divided us into four groups, giving each group a question that defines a problem that we face in Egypt. Two groups were asked about the reason people drop out of schools, while two others were asked about the reasons behind the garbage in Egypt’s streets. Each group wrote down the list of suggestions or reasons, but we realized that the arguments we give differ according to the way the question was posed. When the questions state “why do some people …” the answers were individualistic. Meanwhile, questions that say “why does everyone …” elicit answers that discuss collective issues. Following this, Dr. Amer explained the ecological model, demonstrating that our target group for any project should be defined based on our objectives. After showing us some examples of previous work she conducted with her students, she ended the presentation by showing us the possible routes one can take to become an expert in the field of community psychology, as well possible career options.

Understanding Diabetes by Dr. Naglaa Hussein

 
Egypt is ranked one of the highest in the world in terms of the disease, explained Dr. Naglaa in her diabetes session. Diabetes in its simplest definition means that the blood glucose levels tend to rise above the normal levels. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed with children and young adults. In this type, the body does not produce insulin which is a hormone needed to convert sugar and other food into energy. Type 2, however, is more common with adults. The body does not use the insulin produced in a proper way. This is what we call “the insulin resistance”. The pancreas starts to produce extra insulin, but over time it cannot make enough insulin to keep the blood glucose at normal levels. She pointed out that type 1 diabetes is more dangerous because it attacks people at a young age, and living with such a disease requires lots of life changes. The complications are very serious. Diabetes can cause many health problems: • Cardiovascular disease: affects the heart and blood vessels. It is the most common cause of death in people with diabetes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood glucose and other risk factors contribute to increasing the risk of cardiovascular complications. • Kidney disease: caused by damage to small blood vessels in the kidneys leading to the kidneys becoming less efficient or to fail altogether. • Nerve disease: diabetes can cause damage to the nerves throughout the body when blood glucose and blood pressure are too high. This can lead to problems with digestion, erectile dysfunction, and many other functions. • Eye disease: most people with diabetes will develop some form of eye disease causing reduced vision or blindness. • Pregnancy complications: Women with any type of diabetes during pregnancy risk a number of complications if they do not carefully monitor and manage their conditions. All women with diabetes during pregnancy should strive for target blood glucose levels throughout to minimize complications. Unfortunately, there is no term solution for this type of disease. However, there are many preventive measures and life style changes that can help managing it by: 1- Increasing physical activity by exercising every day. 2- Eating small frequent meals instead of big heavy meals (try to eat 50% carbohydrates, 30% fats and 20% proteins per day). 3- Managing your weight. It helps to lower your blood glucose. 4- Reduce your stress. 5- Always remember your medication as prescribed

Hepatitis C Awareness Presentation

 
Egypt is known to be the country with the highest rate of infection in the world, explained Jasmine Amin in her presentation on Hepatitis C in the Royals’ weekly meeting. With 75-85% of the patients developing a chronic infection, Egyptians are in danger. Hepatitis C is – by now – a well known disease, a dangerous one with an unfortunate absence of a cure as of yet. Attacking the liver, the virus can cause a long lasting damage to it such as cirrhosis, liver failure or cancer, eventually leading to death. Jasmine pin-pointed how some of the symptoms are so common and that’s what makes it so hard to detect the disease at an early stage. Being coughed or sneezed on, shaking hands with an infected person or eating their food does not help transmit the disease to a healthy person. However, the usage of personal affects such a toothbrush or a razor, toothbrush or a razor, getting in congetting in contact with an infected person’s blood or having a child whilst infected with Hepatitis C ensure the infection. A cure for the deadly disease has not been discovered yet but patients are usually advised to avoid alcoholic products and toxic medications. Stay safe Egyptians and follow these simple preventive steps: • Do not share your toothbrush, razor or any personal items with anyone else. • If you’re a doctor or deal with blood and wound a lot, make sure to wear gloves at all times when in contact with them. • Inform your dentist or doctor if you’re infected so that they take all the necessary precautions with the next patients. • Do not share drug needles (aside from the fact that you shouldn’t do drugs, but that’s a different story!)

Problem Tree Session

 
How do we solve a problem? We describe, analyze and evidently find possible solutions. This is exactly what Laila Kenawy humbly explained to us in our weekly meeting. She showed us how to use the ‘Problem Tree’ tool. This ingenious brainstorming tool is used to map causes and effects of a problem as well as outline alternatives for solving a particular problem. How? Well, the way Laila did it was divide us into groups of 5-6 and had each group pick one of the major problems in Egypt; examples were harassment in Cairo streets, traffic in Cairo and primary education. Afterwards asked each group to brainstorm the problems chosen clearly and specifically, write their assigned problem on a card, which she then took and stuck to the trunks of the giant trees drawn on the board. The next task was write down each cause and effect we could think of for the problem at hand. The causes were stuck on the tree’s roots while the effects were suck on the canopy. The final and most interesting task was to write next to each cause & effect and their exact opposites. For instance; if an effect was ‘traffic congestion’ the opposite of that would be ‘smooth traffic flow’. When we wrote the opposites of the causes, we ended up with alternative interventions and the effects' opposites turned out to be outcomes and indicators of those interventions. Eventually each problem tree became the logical framework of a project aimed at resolving a major problem.

Waste Water Treatment in Greater Cairo

 
On Sunday 24th of August 2014, under the umbrella of "Keep the Nile clean" initiative; "Waste Water treatment in greater Cairo, Egypt" presentation was given by Abdallah Tawfic. Abdallah is an architect with 6 years of experience in various architecture fields, and a Masters student in Universitat fur Baukunst und Metropolenentwicklung, Hamburg, Germany. Statistics of Cairo map, population, and capacity per capita has been illustrated vs. the city of Hamburg. As well as, statistics for sources of water in Egypt (e.g. Nile and ground water) and shortage in water issue has been demonstrated; as usage - 73.9 M m3/year - exceeds sources - 60.9M m3/year - which indicates the probability of reaching absolute scarcity - 500/600 per capita - within 10 years. Pollutants of the Nile such as, agriculture water going back to the Nile contaminated with fertilizers, industrial waste with little or no treatment and general people's behavior like throwing the dead animals in the Nile have been highlighted as key factors contributing to the current state. Some initiatives were discussed during the presentation such as, taking children for a firsthand experience with waste water treatment (WWT) plants (Gabal al asfar WWT plant which is the biggest plant of its kind), as well as the Ecosan approach to use human "waste" as a "source" through stabilization ponds which complete their cycle every 6 years, and sludge reuse as soil for some plantations. As the presentation concludes, Mr. Tawfic explained that the future of water and other issues in Cairo is in a state of uncertainty due to increase in informal settlements and lack of collaboration between public and private sectors.

Back to School

 
Back-to-School season is coming up and it is time to head back to school. We all have had our first day at school traditions; forgetting a pencil, losing class-schedule or the classic tradition of being late for your first class. This is the time of the year where kids get excited and start stuffing their backpacks with new supplies. In an attempt to motivate the girls at La Femme Nouvelle orphanage to look forward to going back to school and attending classes; we have prepared school bags for these girls. Each bag contained; a regular copybook, mathematics copybook and surely a pencil- case with a pencil, pen, sharpener, eraser and ruler.

D2451 Annual Alexandria Iftar

 
A special Ramadan evening was organized in Tulip hotel in Alexandria on Friday, 18 July, 2014 to gather all Rotaract clubs together and have fun. The day starts really early before 4 pm by a bazaar organized by Rotaract where you can find several items to pick and to buy. Despite the narrow place for a person to move, the bazaar was distributed along the whole floor above the place where we will have our Iftar. It consisted of handmade jewelry, photographers, Henna drawings, bags, and clothes, ..etc. At 7 pm, we entered the hall with some registration details and money payment to watch the astonishing setup of tables and the open buffet in the vicinity. After the meal, we started to commingle together and talk about Alexandria and its beauty versus Cairo (as there was several clubs from Cairo attending the event). Also, we went outside to watch the open sea and the marvelous view from the terrace of the hall. The event adjourned at 9 pm with a lot of joy and fun.

Annual Elderly Iftar

 
Participation in an Elderly Iftar is one of the kindest deeds one can perform during Ramadan. Royals brought grilled chicken, cooked some home-made vegetables, green salad, appetizers, and took them along with friends and guests to La Femme Nouvelle Elderly place to have iftar with them; joined by our dear Cairo Royal Interact members. We usually have iftar with the elders in the outdoor yard that had a few touches of the Ramadan spirit and a lantern hanging by the entrance. Unfortunately, not all elders are able to leave their rooms, to spend some time with us in the yard, so we brought them their meals right to their rooms. It wouldn’t be Ramadan without oriental desserts soaked with syrup that makes your taste buds dance with joy. That’s why we didn’t forget to bring them along for an after-meal treat with some tea. Sharing an iftar with the seniors and listening to their memories and good old times; makes me feel that we know each other from years.

Sohour Tareek

 
Distributing “sohour” on the less fortunate individuals in our community is slowly but surely becoming a Cairo Royal’s Ramadan tradition. This is the third consecutive year we have successfully accomplished this project and frankly; we can’t get enough of those appreciative smiles and prayers they exchange with us for the meal. “Sohour” is the last meal people have before sunrise until they break their fast at sunset of the same day and “tareeq” typically means “road”, so this is essentially a dinner meal on the go. This year we did Sohour Tareeq three times at Hoda, Aya and Saja’s places. In total we distributed 510 meals around to the needy and Gas-Station workers in Agouza, zamalek, Maadi, New Cairo. Every meal box contained a portion of beans, a boiled egg, 2-3 spread cheese triangles, a halawa bar, a cup of yogurt, a cucumber, a loaf of bread, a bottle of juice, spoon and a wet wipe. We would like to extend our special thanks to Karima El Ibrachy from Coca-Cola for her kind contribution of Cappi Juice, Pastaweesy for donating their packaging material and Milkana for the spread cheese.

Ramadan Food Baskets Packing

One of Ramadan's popular and most essential projects is Ramadan Packing. This year the Rotaract Clubs of Gezira Sporting, Nile Palace and Cairo Royal, are proud to announce that together we were able to help provide almost 3000 less fortunate families with Food baskets to cover the month's necessities. What an achievement! We successfully packed the Food Baskets on only two evenings and distributed them shortly after. The first round entailed 1010 food baskets in around 3 hours of packing - which was our target – yet we were surprised when it was attained. We distributed our share mostly to families in Al Heteya families who were very welcoming and kind hearted. We then packed 1900 food baskets in the second round also in just a few hours, and distributed jointly with Rotaract Gezira Sporting in many several areas both in and out of the city. I must say on the behalf of the 3 Rotaract Clubs, we could not have done all of this without the help and support of everyone involved from sharing a status to donating and packing. Thank you very much! And cheers to many Ramadan projects in the coming years.

Handing Over Celebration

 
This year couldn’t have ended on a better note. A warm evening full of pride for what we have accomplished and plenty of nice food; we had our year-end Handing Over 2014/2015. Hoda, our PP, has paved the way for another successful year to come. With her great leadership and management style, with the dedication and collaboration of hard working members; we managed to have a fruitful Rotaract year with great projects that added to our community and affected lots of people’s lives. Menna, our well deserved president, was honorably pinned as a promise to continue this great legacy of ours. The night started off by having Ramadan Iftar together where the royals have excelled in their cooking skills. Later, we exchanged thoughtful gifts that reminded us with unforgettable lovely moments through this year. Last but not least; the president and the new board were pinned by Rotarian Mr. Mohamed Maher. We celebrated, afterwards, by preparing a surprise custom-made cake for our Past President that had everything she likes the most; Nutella, Beauty and the Beast and most importantly books to resemble our successful mega project this year ‘Maktabti’. Sincere thanks to our member: Karim el Mofty for hosting us. Thanks Hoda for an amazing year and good luck Menna for a more successful one to come!

Past Projects

Projects 2013-2014
Professional Development Presentations
Celebrating International Days 2012/2013
Celebrating District 2450