Sector Social Affairs
Program/Project Title HARMONY- Healthy Artistic Recovery for Mental and Other Needs Disability
Location Governorate of Behira; Governorate of Alexandria
Duration 36 months
Start – End date 01.03.2016-31.03.2019
Budget EGP 5,000.000
Aid Channel Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme – III Phase
Type of Support Grant
Applicant/Local Counterpart Alex Work Shop Centre (AWSC)
Implementing Institution Alex Work Shop Centre (AWSC)in partnership with:

  • Association “Gawaher Alhayah” (NGO) based in Alexandria serving marginalized/ stigmatized people
  • Asdaa’ Association for Serving the Hearing Impaired (NGO)
  • Association 180 Amici-Puglia (NGO) based in Latiano (BR) – Italy
  • Association Mediterraneo (NGO) based in Livorno – Italy
  • Social enterprise “il Grande Carro” based in Rome – Italy
Description The proposed project is a further step in completing the first Recovery Model in Egypt that started by Mehenet and Remedy projects since 2010, utilizing the successful outcomes of both previous projects in the allocated territories. It is worth ensuring the sustainability of the intervention, to move forward to the path already started in the governorates of Alexandria and Behira.

To complete the Mental Health Recovery Model, the present project proposal aims at improving the social and work opportunities for people with mental disorders and with hearing & speaking impairment in the Alexandria and Behira governorates, through the use of art as a mean of self-expression and by empowering those people to be integrated actively in the community and become productive citizens, capable of generating money. Self-sufficiency, autonomy, dignity, social inclusion, and rights for those people, will be encouraged by the creation of a social enterprise producing market-competitive handcrafts. The beneficiaries themselves, who are previously trained by Remedy Project, will manage this enterprise. Moreover, the functioning of the social enterprise will ensure income generation and exploit the market opportunities of fair-trade and small handcraft

Expected Results 1.      Group leading abilities of people who have previously undergone pre-vocational training are fostered;

2.      Artistic competencies of people with mental disorders and people with hearing and speaking impairments is encouraged and/or strengthened.

3.      Skills in the creation and management of a social enterprise is acquired

4.      A handcraft social enterprise is created and is operating;

5.      Participation in national markets (including fair-trade) is granted;

Awareness against stigma and discrimination is raised among the community.

Target Beneficiaries Direct Beneficiaries: Around 50/70 People in social disadvantage (People who are socially isolated as a result of stigma and poverty), particularly people with mental disorders and people with hearing and speaking impairment (age 18-60 males and females), in the two governorates.

Indirect Beneficiaries: The families of the people involved and community at large of the two governorates (Alexandria & Behira).

Reference Contacts dsassistant@cairo.esteri.it