Upper Egypt inhabitants, especially Tafnees and Asfoun villages in Markaz Isna, Luxor governorate, suffers from a shortage in a wide range of medical, educational, economic, cultural, and social services. The lack of basic amenities leads to the spread of poverty which in turn exacerbate the problems of unemployment, school dropout, and illiteracy. Additionally, villagers adopt negative traditional practices that contributes to creating health problems and hindering women from participating in a number of social and economic activities.
According to the Egypt Human Development Report 2010, in year 2008, the unemployment rate in Luxor has reached a staggering 76.1% and 32.9% among school and university graduates respectively. The report also indicates that illiteracy rate has reached 27% in Luxor and 23% in Markaz Isna.
It is worth noting that Asfoun village covers an area of 8813 fedan, and Tafnees village covers an area of 3664 fedan with a total population of Thirty-Six Thousand people.
Project Duration: 3 Years