Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas

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FORSA provides job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth support improved health information, health-seeking behavior, and access to quality health services for Egypt’s most vulnerable populations.

FORSA which means 'opportunity' in Arabic, provides immediate job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth then share health information with their communities, support health-seeking behavior, and facilitate access to quality health services for Egypt’s most vulnerable populations. FORSA also empowers women with in-kind support to start their own microenterprises, thus alleviating poverty. To reach its goals, the FORSA project partners with six local NGOs and 75 community-based organizations to train and employ a total of 1,400 young people, of which more than 90 percent are women aged 18–30 years.



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