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Comprehensive Village Development project for Tafnees and Asfoun villages – Markaz Isna – Luxor Governorate implemented in cooperation with Masr ElMahrousa Balady Association (MMBA)







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 Activities:


  • Providing training to teachers and sponsoring 35 re-enrolment classes benefitting around 730 children annually
  • Establishing 20 new kindergarten classrooms in addition to providing necessary school supplies
  • Constructing and renovating 2 primary schools (The Modern Asfoun Primary School and Sahel Al Tomya School) comprising equipping the schools with computer labs and kindergarten classrooms. This is in addition to establishing and furnishing 2 classrooms in Mohamed Amer hamlet (settlement)
  • Organize medical convoys providing a range of specialised medical care for the underserved villagers
  • Equipping Talaat Harb private medical centre benefiting around 300 patients on monthly basis. The centre hosts clinics for: gynaecology and obstetrics, internal medicine and heart, paediatrics, surgery, and urology
  • Upgrading the infrastructure of 10 dilapidated and old houses owned by unprivileged families (A total house area of around forty-five meter costs EGP 32500) in addition to installing light bulbs and cleaning water supply networks
  • Renovating 2 carpentry workshops and providing carpentry courses to 30 youths, among which 10 trainees achieved needed support to establish their own projects
  • Establishing 198 livestock farming projects involving cattle, goats, and poultry breeding
  • Renovating 2 youth centres, library, information centres, and sports hall  


Project Duration: 3 Years