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Egyptian Steel Inaugurates Dar Akdar Rehabilitating Project for Special Needs and Mental Disabilities

25 September, 2017
Mr. Ahmed Abou Hashima, CEO of Egyptian Steel Group, Dr. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Colonel General Mohamed Yousef; Assistant Interior Minister for Human Rights, Major General Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant Minister of Interior for Projects and Investment, Major General Tahir Al Hilali, Chairman of Amani Al Khair Association inaugurated “Dar Akdar Rehabitation House for Special Needs and Mental Disabilities” as the first project in the initiative of revamping senior citizens retirement homes, orphanages, homeless children and people with special needs care centers that Egyptian Steel Group has embraced in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.
 
The initiative that was embraced by Egyptian Steel and the Ministry of the Interior two months ago, aims to revamp senior citizens’ retirement homes, orphanages, homeless children and people with special needs care centers all over the country’s governorates to enable these establishments to perform their role perfectly.
 
The initiative provides all the life necessities that enable patients to live a more stable life, and gives rehabilitation programs for homeless children and treatment programs for special needs cases.
 
“Dar Akdar” comes as the first project, is a 6-storey building dwelled by 110 special needs cases aged between 6 and 76 years old suffering from hearing, visual, impaired physical mobility and mental impairments and there are double disabilities cases.
 
The revamping project began 2 months ago with comprehensive reconstruction inside and outside, including painting, installation of safe doors and windows to protect the children, as well as the installation of ceramics, water and electricity connections, as well as equipping the house with all furniture and electrical appliances as well as administrative and medical equipment, equipping a kitchen, food storage, and a central room for washing clothes and furnishings.
 
The special needs residents of Dar Akdar welcomed Mr. Ahmed Abou Hashima, CEO of Egyptian Steel Group, Dr. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, Colonel General Mohamed Yousef; Assistant Interior Minister for Human Rights, Major General Ashraf Mohammed, Assistant Minister of Interior for Projects and Investment, Major General Tahir Al Hilali, Chairman of Amani Al Khair Association with flags of Egypt, chanting "Long live Egypt”.
 
The attendees also inspected the 6-storey building, the living quarters, the bedrooms, the new equipment and furnishing of the rooms and all the revamping of Dar Aqdar.
 
Dr. Ghada Waly the Minister of Solidarity listened to an explanation of the revamping process. Ahmed Abu Hashima, CEO of Egyptian Steel Group and Dr. Ghada Waly, the Minister of Social Solidarity, were keen on inspecting the special needs cases and their conditions.
 
In a humane gesture, businessman Ahmed Abu Hashima, was keen to interact with the residents of Dar Akdar.
 
A guest from Dar Akdar expressed his happiness with the revamping project “Thank god! It is a great project! Long live Egypt, President Sisi and I love Egypt,"
 
The attendees watched a documentary which contains shots of the project before and after its revamping.
From his side, Mr. Ahmed Abo Hashima said during the opening of Dar Akdar that the development of the house has been completed within two months, similar to the revamping project of the most impoverished villages which is now awaiting the opening of the new village on October 22 in Qena governorate.
 
“It gives us honor and happiness to implement social initiatives in the communities where we exist perhaps even more than our happiness with opening a new factory. And thanks to President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi for his patronage and support for civil society initiatives adding that 2018 is the year of the special needs as they deserve attention from all parts of the society,” said Abou Hashima. 
 
He added that Egyptian Steel Group supported the Egyptian swimmer Mohammed Al-Husseini, who suffers from Down Syndrome in his attempt to cross the British Canal. “Husseini is a role model”, he said noting that the Egyptian Steel Group choose the care houses that are in most need, to develop.
From her side, Dr. Ghada Waly congratulated Egyptian Steel Group for the successful project opening adding that there are more than 650 institutions for disabilities that vary in their range of quality between good, medium and weak.
 
She confirmed that the cooperation between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Egyptian Steel Group reflects a model of cooperation between the private sector and the government and civil society, pointing out that the revamping work should not only be limited to the infrastructure but also the rehabilitation programs supervisors and specialists is a must.
 
She hopes that Egyptian Steel’s Initiative would be a good start to support disability institutions, especially that the disabled cases need a lot of care and support.
 
General Mohammed Youssef, Assistant Minister of Interior for Human Rights, expressed his pleasure that he participated in the opening event of the development of Dar Akdar saying “We are honored to participate in the development of social welfare institutions in cooperation with Egyptian Steel and I convey the greetings of the Minister of Interior”.
"We appreciate the role of Egyptian Steel Group and the Ministry of Solidarity and there will be other similar initiatives in the upcoming period. Despite the Ministry's burdens, we have an effective community participation all over Egypt’s governorates.”