Fostering Opportunities in Rural Southern Areas
Funded by USAID, Pathfinder’s FORSA project, which means opportunity in Arabic, works to provide immediate job opportunities for young men and women in rural areas. These youth will aid in dissemination of improved health information, support health-seeking behavior, and facilitate access to quality health services for Egypt’s most vulnerable populations. FORSA also works to build the capacity of women and to provide them with in-kind support to start their own microenterprises, thus helping alleviate poverty. To reach its goals, the FORSA project will partner with six NGOs and 75 community-based organizations to train and employ a total of 1,400 youth, of which more than 90 percent will be women aged 18–30 years.
The project completed its first year deliverables, which included hiring personnel, setting up a project office, and developing a training curriculum and data collection tools. The FORSA team selected its implementing partners, NGOs, and community development associations through pre-award financial and institutional assessments. Selected NGOS were trained on proposal writing, and proposals developed were submitted to the Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs to obtain sub-grants from Pathfinder. Once proposals are approved, FORSA will begin rollout of field activities in the Assiut and Souhag governates, the most in-need communities in Upper Egypt. Recently, Pathfinder’s Country Representative was nominated by the Egyptian Health Society to become a member of the National Task Force promoting Reproductive Health Education for Young People in Egypt, which should strengthen the youth work being implemented by the project.
In a year of remarkable achievement, including Pathfinder’s landmark victory at the US Supreme Court and our return to Bangladesh with a $53.8 million project, what was most exciting? The answer—integration—is the theme of Pathfinder’s 2013 Annual Report.
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This morning, Pathfinder International received word that the Egyptian government has declared a national state of emergency due to a recent upsurge in violence and political unrest.