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Background

Habitat for Humanity Egypt is a part of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat International’s goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To see where else Habitat International is working in Africa and the Middle East, view this map or visit the Habitat for Humanity International website.

Habitat Egypt began in 1989, through a partnership with CEOSS, the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, one of the largest development organizations in Egypt. This partnership allowed Habitat International to begin working in Egypt more easily, as a partner rather than a single entity, and gave Habitat Egypt access to CEOSS’ network of partners. Habitat brought international recognition and provided CEOSS with capacity for poverty housing programs, an area in which CEOSS had not previously been involved.

Habitat Egypt continues its partnership with CEOSS today, albeit differently from the initial partnership. Habitat Egypt partners with local community organizations, such as CEOSS. There are currently 33 partnerships between Habitat Egypt and local committees. Habitat Egypt provides support through financing, training, technical support, and supervision; the local committees advertise, choose homeowners, and arrange construction. These partnerships enable greater impact and make use of local knowledge and resources. For these reasons, Habitat Egypt has a 99.84% repayment rate.

Habitat Egypt’s 33 community partners are located primarily south of Cairo (Upper Egypt) in the Beni Suef and El Minya Governorates. Through these partnerships with local community organizations, Habitat Egypt has built or renovated over 33,000 homes (as of May 2017). Habitat Egypt empowers families by offering low-interest loans, enabling families to help themselves in a way that is otherwise impossible.