Building Egypt's Future One Young Girl at a Time - Heya Masr
Organized by: Moody Demetry
Why Heye Masr? The number speaks for itself. 1. Approximately ¼ of the girls are victims of physical violence. 2. Sexual abuse of children represents 18% of the total accidents related to the child. 3. 53% of incidents the offender is a child victim's relatives, and in 65% of cases there is no family relationship. 4. Dropouts from basic education in Egypt during the period from 2010 to 2012, more than 26 thousand children, Including 76% of the girls. 5. underage marriage of more than 40 thousand cases, and that the number of children born of such marriages totaled 150 thousand births, and 2.3 percent of adolescent girls are married and 12 percent on their way to him. What and how Heya Masr? Our efforts are unique in that we rely on UN studies* that report behavior changes takes place at an earlier age and hence equip women with mechanisms to empower themselves against negative impact of extreme deprivation, abuse, and other adversities at those formative years. In this way, we believe we adopt a proactive strategy rather than a reactive one. We believe impacting women during adolescence to be stronger, stable, more confident, and independent is impacting the future generations of Egypt and will reduce those numbers of abuse, and drop out. Our 2 years old initiative is focused on character building and emotional intelligence education with application of strong well minds and decision making when it comes to nutritional healthy habits and sexual harassment awareness combined with self-defense basic training to boast self confidence and self esteem. We believe these are the key points to build a well rounded personality that challenge the present circumstances and builds a better future for girls and for Egypt. We target girls in underprivileged areas in Cairo and Giza ages 9 to 18 years old with a vision to expand in all of Egypt. Our program runs for 9 month to create a permanent character life change. In the past year we taught five classes and reached out to 60 girls. Here is time line of our work in the 2013-2015 Activities Details and Timeline: Summer 2014: Participated in IGMADI** events 4 & 5 and the Egyptian Cancer Society’s Pink Party. Fall 2014: IGMADI, UN Women “Women’s Empowerment” event. October 2014: Conducted 3-day volunteering training in anticipation of launch of pilot program October 11, 2014: Launch of pilot program in collaboration with local organization "Educate-Me" to run through December 2014. November-December 2014: Pilot program measurement and assessment and class graduation. December 2014 to Feb 2015: In cooperation with the Youth and Sport ministry, kick off of Heya Masr Program at girl orphanage El Mabarah. Spring 2015 El Mabarah and Heya Masr class measurement and assessment and class graduation. Feb 2015 Participated in Egy runner running in support of Egyptian women anti harassment event. March 2015 Participated in Amal fund raising event to support the initiative. Currently ongoing: Class 2 in Educate-Me, Level one with 12 girls. Runs from Mid Feb to Mid May 2015. Class 1 in Establ 3anter, coaching 12 girls. Runs from Jan 2015 to End Mid May. Establ 3anter, class graduation June 6 2015 We have been running as initiative for the past two years with personal funds that founder and his team pledged to proof the concept. Now after finishing four classes and we need to move forward with the next phase to expand our classes to reach more girls from 60 girls to 100 girls at the same time. such expansion requires more trainers, and training along with tools and any associate costs. Money will be used for the following: Nonprofit registration: 30,0000 egp ~ $4200 Two full time staff: 48,000 egp ~$6000 Tools for classes 15,000 egp ~ $2000 With many wonderful success stories of girls in our classes we are excited and looking forward for our expansion. We are asking for your support and for your help as we make the change is needed to improve the lives of many girls and to pave the road for better future for them and for the country as a whole.