HSBC worked with Misr El Kheir, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to build and equip a total of 50 community schools in remotely located villages in Egypt, providing education to more than 1,500 students. It marked the first phase of a three-year agreement to build a total of 350 community schools.
With 50 per cent of the budget directed to education, the Bank partnered with Alwan and Awtar NGO to assist them in the expansion of their Montessori school, establishing 10 new classrooms, upgrading the Montessori curriculum to accommodate elementary students, and targeting a total of 150 underprivileged children living in El Hadaba El Wosta in the Mokattam Hills.
The Bank honoured its commitment to the Public School Scholarship Fund at the American University in Cairo by fully supporting the education of two visually-impaired students.
Through the Association of Upper Egypt, the Bank helped 300 students continue their education and provided the school with the required resources to start implementing active learning techniques.
In partnership with Wataneya Society NGO, HBEG continued the sponsorship of FORSA programme, which is a youth development programme specially tailored to orphans, to help them develop the required skills and knowledge that employers look for. The programme also aims to raise the self-esteem of those living in orphanages so that they can positively integrate into society. In 2016, the programme impacted around 120 orphans and their caregivers.
With the establishment of NIDA, a specialized nursery and rehabilitation centre in Alexandria, HBEG helped 140 underprivileged children with hearing disabilities with their education and integration into society.
HBEG staff volunteers, with the help of INJAZ NGO, assisted in delivering the “JA - More than Money”, a financial literacy programme, to a total of 3,900 students in public schools. The programme is specially tailored to HSBC through a global partnership to raise the awareness of public school students of earning, spending and saving money.
HSBC partnered with the British Council to create the “Taqqaddam” programme to give young people the courage and skills to navigate through the real world. Taqaddam was developed by HSBC and the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The programme targets students aged 15-16 across Egypt to help acquire the soft skills they need to get the jobs they aspire to. The programme was delivered with the help of HBEG staff volunteers.
HBEG also supported various environmental initiatives, including the installation of a complete waste management system in three villages. It provided access to water for irrigation in five villages, implemented green school curriculums in five nurseries and schools; installed seven water filtration stations in the Western desert and Southern Red Sea; in addition to introducing the concept of rooftop and vertical gardens in six nurseries and schools.
HBEG won a Group funding opportunity that enabled it to partner with the Research Institute for Sustainable Environment to implement a water management project. Through this project, HBEG helped more than 12,000 people living in the Western Desert and the Southern Red Sea coast. The project provided access to clean drinking water, implemented various water management techniques (canal lining, fish ponds, drip irrigation, grey water community garden) and built a Water Education Center to raise awareness in local communities about the importance of water management and addressing various water scarcity issues.
HSBC partnered with the Research Institute for Sustainable Environment at the American University in Cairo to launch the “Food for the Future” programme, tackling the issue of food scarcity and water management. “Food for the Future” will establish best practice solutions for integrated, sustainable agriculture - increasing yields, efficiently using all resources and by-products, adding value by reusing water and producing energy and fertilizer from waste.
On a community level, HBEG partnered with HEYA NGO to implement a community flagship project to support the local communities living in the Eastern Desert and Red Sea mountains (Ababda tribe). During the first phase of the project, a water distribution network was connected to 44 houses in the village Abu Ghosun. A total of 150 water tanks were distributed to the local communities in Wadi El Gemal, 10 fishing boats were bought and six solar cooling units were installed in popular fishing spots serving as storage to the fishermen’s daily catch. The design of Qulaan houses was also finished.
Through the Ramadan Initiative community project, HBEG staff volunteered with their families to pack a total of 1,500 food packs reaching 1,500 families. The bank also distributed food supplies to 2,000 families from the Ababda tribe living in the Eastern Desert and Red Sea mountains as well as 350 solar lanterns and 100 water barrels to assist them given the harsh conditions they live in.