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Programmes in Egypt began with the creation of 30-hectare (74-acre) Al-Azhar park on the site of what had been a rubble dump for 500 years. Today, the project has evolved well beyond the Park to include the restoration of 1.5 kilometres of the 12th century Ayyubid wall and several landmark buildings, as well as socio-economic initiatives in the neighbouring Darb al-Ahmar district. These include housing rehabilitation, microfinance, apprenticeships and healthcare. Nurse’s training and early childhood education programmes are also underway in Aswan.



A "Green Lung" for Cairo

In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan announced his decision to finance the creation of a park for the citizens of the Egyptian capital. The only central location that was of suitable scale was the derelict Darassa site, a 30-hectare (74-acre) mound of rubble that had been a debris dump for 500 years. Al-Azhar Park, undertaken by the AKTC, has since proven to be both a popular open space for the people of Cairo and a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar. More


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Inauguration of the Ayyubid Wall and Tarabay al-Sherif Complex Projects in Cairo
18 June 2015 - The restoration of the Tarabay al-Sherif Complex and 1.5 kilometres of the historic Ayyubid wall were inaugurated on 16 June 2015 in Cairo by the Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El Damaty, the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, and Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Om Habibeh Foundation and Aswan Directorate of Agriculture to Support 5,000 Farmers
15 June 2015 - The Aswan Directorate of Agriculture (DOA) and the Om Habibeh Foundation will work with an additional 5000 farmers over five years, in addition to the present group of over 6000 farmers. The Om Habibeh Foundation provides technical support, including farming techniques using environmentally friendly practices.

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Amir Aqsunqur Mosque, Cairo
02 May 2015 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Amir Aqsunqur Mosque, Cairo

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