In the framework of the continuous work to achieve the objectives of Life Foundation for Development and Community Integration, the foundation organized a joint journey for the families of prisoners in the governorates of Al Sharqia and Alexandria in order to spread joyfulness to those who are isolated from society due to the false view of all those who were imprisoned. However, Life Foundation is working to change these beliefs that cause separation and social exclusion which increases the internal hatred and loathe among the members of society which is as a result of dealing with life in a way that expresses the essence of the real person, because the origin is in the human innocence, and from here and in front of the headquarters of Life Foundation in Al Sharqia and Alexandria, the buses carried the prisoners’ families and their children to a historical spiritual leisure trip to the Pharaonic Village and to the historical and spiritual sites in Al Hussein.
The trip started with breakfast and welcoming the families and their children then educating them in ways that encouraged them to integrate through the natural cohabitation and to establish human relations. Through new impressions regarding this marginalized group, a victim of a society that puts barriers between individuals who need assistance to rehabilitate them to start a new life path which affects the society positively through production, safety and societal peace. This is why Life Foundation organized a successful leisure trip to the Pharaonic village and Al Hussein, which spread joy and painted smiles on the faces of those who achieved their dreams by visiting the Pharaonic Village for the first time to learn about the history and the greatness of the ancestors who created a civilization which is widely acknowledged by the world because of their progress with science, work and achievements that emphasizes the greatness and genius of Egyptian man throughout history.
Life Foundation’s Group was led by:
Nermeen Al Bahtiiti – Executive Director of Life Foundation
Atef Sayed Hafez – Training Advisor of Life Foundation
Waleed Al Damaty – Psychologist in Al Sharqia’s Branch
Rasha Al Saheely – Art Therapy Specialist in Al Sharqia’s Branch
Ahmed Abdel Moneim – Social Specialist in Alexandria’s Branch
Duaa Abdulrahman – Psychologist in Alexandria’s Branch
A number of stakeholders, civil society actors and the media participated in the event as part of the idea of integration and urged these families and their children to participate and start a new life. The team of Watan’s Future TV, Politics’ voice, Al Sharqia Square, Her Majesty and many other websites have participated, but it was headed by Director Niveen Chalabi and journalist Hani Abdul Rahman host of the Future of the homeland Program as well as journalist Najla Kamal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Politics’ voice newspaper and the General Secretary of the Care for Prisoners Society and their families in Al Sharqia, and Imad, Editorial Director in Medan Al Sharqia newspaper and Mohammed Mahmoud Shanab, Photography Director in Future of the Homeland Program and Abdulrahman Al Hanouni, host of the Sah and Ghalt program, which joined the families’ and children happiness and singing between adults and children side by side in the recreational trip aboard the Pharaonic Nefertiti yacht across the Pharaonic Island.
Through the simulation of nature and knowing the history of the pharaohs who told their history and glamour through voice simulation on the back of the Nefertiti yacht through which they learned the history and reality of the pharaohs as well as enjoyed the sounds and the models of kings, Pharaonic families and their immortal stories, then the staff of Life Foundation joined the tour guide in the group Mr. Raafat Abdulnabi, who made a great effort to deliever the historical information about these ancient ancestors through detailed explanation and simulation of the work and history of the Pharaohs by wandering through the pharaonic museums and the ancient Pharaonic cemetery to teach about the life of the Pharaohs who believed in life and resurrection, as the staff of Life Foundation visited the historic museum of the late leaders, President Gamal Abdel Nasser and President Mohammed Anwar Sadat, in their museums in the Pharaonic village to learn about the history of modern Egypt and the reality of the victory of the Egyptians in October, in addition, Life Foundation visited the wing of Dr. Hassan Jabr founder of the Pharaonic village who won best tourism project in the world year 1992.
The participants were free to roam in the corridors of the village and to take the wonderful commemorative photos then had a last round to get lunch at the Pharaonic village restaurants afterwards they headed to Al Hussein to start the spiritual journey by visiting the tomb of our Hussein bin Ali (may Allah be pleased with them), in addition to touring the historical districts and learning the most important historic sights of this ancient neighborhood to breathe the fragrant history and restore their spirits through the spiritual tour of the tomb of our master Hussein. To end the journey after achieving its goals through the reintegration of the families of prisoners and their children who participated in this recreational trip, we noted that they did not disperse the people of Egypt and guests of Egypt who are beloved foreign, Arabs and African tourists who took photographs with these families without discrimination. Then from within the tourist bus, Executive Director of Life Foundation for Development and Community Reintegration, shook hands with participants and took souvenir photographs to keep Life Foundation a leading contributor to joy and happiness.
It is worth mentioning that this workshop was a part of the “Start_Life” project, funded by Drosos Foundation, which was founded late 2003 as a private non-profit organization to support community development, located in Zurich, Switzerland. The Foundation is committed to empower marginalized people to live a decent life. Drosos seeks to achieve long-term change through the projects it supports in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Switzerland and Germany.
Drosos has been working in Egypt since 2007. The foundation strongly supports the following areas: income generation and harm reduction for vulnerable groups, social protection and reintegration, encouraging youth creative activities, as well as environmental protection.
Until the beginning of 2016, the Foundation supported 54 projects in Egypt, serving a wide range of beneficiaries including marginalized youth, women and children.
Drosos Foundation is ideologically, politically and religiously independent.
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