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Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

10/08/2004

Shobra Mont

In an earlier posting I mentioned a project that I am helping the Sakkara Chapter of the Rotary Club put together with Engineers Without Borders. I visited the village along with members of the International Relations Committee (Hossam, Nanice and Nabil - Moshira was busy that day) . We took a lot of pictures. and I'll share some of them here. This is the village of Shobra Mont, one of several villages located in a poverty-stricken area near the Cairo suburb of Giza (near the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx). Over the last 20 years, Giza has grown very rapidly; the villages now border the Giza suburb. (It is about a 15 minute drive from central Giza to Shobra Mont.) The village is densely populated: about 40,000 people in 5000 households. Villagers engage in a wide range of traditional occupations, including farmers, small merchants, artisans, mechanics/handymen, teachers and government workers. The average annual income per family is about $500 US. Shobra Mont and its neighbors lack basic infrastructure. There is no reliable water supply; last year, the Sakkara Chapter donated a kidney dialysis machine (along with other items) to the local hospital but the hospital can't use it because it is still not connected to the local water lines. The national government has constructed main sewer lines in the area, but it lacks funds to connect individual households, and villagers are too poor to pay for individual connections. People toss wastewater into the streets, The village has developed severe problems with localized flooding during the Nile inundation season. Several houses have collapsed, making ground floors unusable and first floors very unstable, and forcing families to double up in already crowded conditions. The flooding problem has two contributing causes: the gradual rising of groundwater in the area due to the High Dam's regulation of the annual inundation; and disposal of wastewater into streets by houses not connected to the central sewer system. Within the village, there is a difference in elevation of about 5 meters. Discarded wastewater from the higher houses drains into lower-elevation streets. During the inundation season, groundwater saturates the subsurface and there is no capacity to absorb local wastewater. (See attached photos.) The proposed EWB project would connect households to the main sewer lines to eliminate one source of flooding.

1 Comments:

At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is a nice pictur of egypt

 

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