Today, despite Egypt’s economic growth, there is a real need to provide new job opportunities and put an end to poverty. Extensive progress has been made so far, but there are still social problems to address – child hunger, disease, teenagers at risk from addiction, poor education, high unemployment, and families in need of support.
The Shafik Gabr Foundation sprung from the belief that Non-Governmental Organizations and charitable institutions can effect real change in our fast-developing nation.
In order to improve the social conditions of our citizens, to share in the nation-building process taking place in Egypt, and out of our belief that everyone deserves a decent standard of living, we feel strongly responsible and passionate that each citizen needs to help build our country. It is no longer only the provenance of government or a few committed individuals, but a national responsibility shared by every member of Egyptian society.
The Shafik Gabr Foundation embodies an optimistic vision of its role in the improvement of all aspects of life - social, economic, educational and medical. Through the work of our dedicated and experienced board members, The Shafik Gabr Foundation provides diversified social services to the community - aiming at a better life with better healthcare and improved education for those in need.
Our children are the future. They need nurturing and care in order to flourish and reach their full potential. Accordingly, the Shafik Gabr Foundation began its work with the renovation of schools - with a special focus on elementary education. Our Foundation overhauled the classes, libraries, theater halls, laboratories, playgrounds, as well as the medical clinics at 17 primary schools in underprivileged areas of greater Cairo.
In addition, the Foundation organized various cultural and diversified activities including seminars on a variety of social, cultural, and medical issues. The Shafik Gabr Foundation also teamed up with other charitable organizations and foundations working in the same fields to solve emerging social problems such as addiction, malnutrition, family planning, illiteracy and unemployment.
As well as educational help, the Shafik Gabr Foundation provides assistance to those in need of social, financial, and material aid. This includes the provision of food, healthcare services, and training courses for children and their families. In this way we establish the ability of the next generation to sustain themselves in the future and to continue to build a better Egyptian society.
In addition to our efforts in the education arena, the Shafik Gabr Foundation works closely on the medical needs of the poor. We have undertaken medical and social studies to determine the real
needs of people. For example, the Shafik Gabr Foundation has reached more than 40,000 patients in deprived areas like the Zilzal district in Mokattam. This was possible through the organization of several medical caravans where free medical treatment and free medicines were provided under the supervision of a medical team of over 75 doctors and the Ministry of Health. One patient had his eyesight restored – just one of the medical miracles performed by the Foundation’s outreach efforts and amongst a number of intricate medical operations and long term treatment.
Perhaps one of the most important responsibilities of the Shafik Gabr Foundation is the monitoring of our efforts and follow-up of our work in all fields. The object of the Shafik Gabr Foundation is to invest in the future of Egypt and to promote sustainable economic growth. We will work toward finding the best solution to every possible obstacle facing us in building a modern Egyptian society. It is a duty we will carry on for the sake of generations to come.
Mohamed Shafik Gabr