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Luxor Times: 2 Mar 2012

Luxor Times

Friday 2 March 2012

Governor donates bus for school children in Luxor

As he promised on his previous visit to ACE that he will sort a way to get the children to come back to ACE educational room, Governor Dr. Ezaat Saad will be unveiling the new bus he has provided for children attending Animal Care in Egypt (ACE) education classes on Monday 5th March 2012.
The governor on his previous visit to ACE with Kim Taylor

While ACE has been running education classes in the past they unfortunately had to stop due to the lack of transport for getting the children from the local schools to the centre. Luckily Governor Saad stepped in and has made a bus available to transport 45 children at a time to and from the centre.
The education of the children, aged 8 – 10, provides a crucial role in the livelihoods of their families now and in the future. Working animals are still highly relied upon in the area and without education to teach the children how to care for their animals correctly there are often serious health and welfare issues. This not only impacts on the animal’s wellbeing but on the families that are heavily reliant on them for their livelihoods.

ACE provides a free service to the people of Luxor for the veterinary treatment of their animals. Without education though the same cycle of misunderstanding will occur and this is where education is key. By teaching the children how to look after their animals, what to feed them, making them aware of the animals needs and what effect poor care can cause, we hope to ensure the next generation of Luxor have fit, healthy and well cared for animals. This will guarantee that the families have a stable regular income from their animals. If there is a need for veterinary attention then the children will know our hospital and feel confident bringing their animals for treatment.

Urban and Environmental Planning Seminar Explores Future Opportunities for Cairo

Egyptian and American officials launched together at Al-Azhar Park this week a seminar to discuss urban and environmental planning challenges and opportunities in Cairo. 

Ms. Dalia El Maraghy, from the Office of the Governor of Cairo and U.S. Agency for International Development Director, Walter North, both expressed their support for improving the livelihoods of Cairo’s most vulnerable populations through new initiatives.

Mr. North, commenting on the origins and success of Al-Azhar Park, expressed optimism about the future of Egypt and emphasized the need for projects to have positive social and economic impact in order to succeed.  “I am confident that today’s seminar is an opportunity to plant the seed of another such remarkable success. We are working at an unprecedented time in Egypt’s history, rich in opportunities and challenges, one in which new urban and environmental initiatives need to benefit the most vulnerable urban populations.”