Sustainable development is about improving the quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. Orascom Construction PLC believes that the way we operate and the services we provide are helping to improve the quality of life and build a brighter future for people in the communities where we operate.

We are present in more than 20 countries. We believe strongly in supporting and protecting the local communities in which we live and work.

Through our activities, we contribute to the economic and social well-being of a range of stakeholders including our employees, customers, business partners, governments and the community as a whole. We also seek to minimize the environmental impact of our activities and to promote sustainable development by conserving energy, materials and resources through minimizing consumption, maximizing efficiency and effectively managing waste. We have adopted strict employee health, safety and environmental policies, have formed a charitable foundation to provide educational opportunities for young people, and we promote human rights, labor standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption efforts.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONISBILITY

Community Engagement

Growing operations means growing responsibilities, which is why we make sure that our social and economic contributions remain active and up to date in surrounding communities and our countries of operation at large. We prioritize the development of sustainable solutions and models with tangible impact in human development that focus on education, health economic growth and infrastructure.

Core Values

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our people and clients is at the forefront of our strategy. We are responsible for the safety of our employees and are fully committed to providing a safe and unpolluted working environment that meets the most stringent international benchmarks. We also continue to evolve our health and safety initiatives to continuously improve and adapt to the changing environment. Such approach is invaluable during COVID-19, where we implemented immediate steps including PPE, distancing, sanitization and more recently a vaccination drive.

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Sustainability

Environment

We are committed to being an environmental steward by implementing the best technology available where applicable to minimize our environmental footprint and promote sustainable business best practices.

We actively work to ensure our construction activities are conducted in an environmentally conscious manner, and incorporate environmental safety precautions into the HSE processes and protocols at each construction site.

These environmental commitments in addition to our basic obligations are to comply with all environmental regulations and other requirements.

This is integral to the safety training of all employees who are responsible for protecting the environment, their health and the health of others in the community. Environmental preservation entails reducing all kinds of pollution as well as controlling and regulating raw materials, energy and water.

Orascom Construction PLC's management is committed to setting and periodic review of quality and environmental objectives and targets including required resources.

Our Principles

Safe Construction Sites

Each of our construction brands has developed stringent rules and regulations that are implemented and enforced on all projects and tailored to meet the unique environments of the locations in which they operate.

Prior to the start of any construction project, a safety and accident prevention plan is prepared stating the health and safety rules to be applied in the project, how to conduct safe work, and preserve personnel, property, and equipment.

Each of our construction brands has developed stringent rules and regulations that are implemented and enforced on all projects and tailored to meet the unique environments of the locations in which they operate.

Prior to the start of any construction project, a safety and accident prevention plan is prepared stating the health and safety rules to be applied in the project, how to conduct safe work, and preserve personnel, property, and equipment.

Employees are also provided with ongoing safety training during projects, beginning with an induction session prior to arriving on site. Weekly tool-box meetings are conducted to keep the workers aware of the safety hazards associated with their specific tasks. Safety personnel are trained and certified by recognized international safety organizations, including OSHA and NEBOSH.

Community Engagement

Education, Innovation & Empowerment

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program

The “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship” is a private merit-based scholarship program established in 2000 by Orascom Construction as part of the company’s commitment to promoting excellence and achievement. Orascom Construction launched the “Onsi Sawiris Program” to invest company resources in educational programs to improve the communities in which it operates. This program is a precedent in Egypt for private sector involvement in educational programs on a sustainable basis. The aim of which is to facilitate the academic development and character building of young Egyptians giving them the tools to develop their careers hence benefiting their communities.

Since 2000, the “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program” has financed the educational dreams of 91 extraordinary students. Through the “Onsi Sawiris Scholarship program”, Orascom Construction provides full tuition scholarships for Egyptian students seeking to pursue their Degrees at prestigious universities in the United States with the aim of bolstering Egypt’s economic competitiveness. The “Onsi Sawiris Scholarships” are awarded based on merit, need and character as demonstrated through academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and entrepreneurial initiative. The scholarships include full tuition, living allowance, travel and health insurance.

For further Information, please visit Onsi Sawiris Scholarship website

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Video

Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program
Onsi Sawiris Scholarship Program

Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship

TU Berlin is the first German university to operate a campus in Egypt, since 2012, based on the quality criteria of the Federal Republic of Germany. The campus aims at reinforcing Egypt’s reputation as a venue for scientific research and technology.

Since the inception of TU Berlin, Orascom Construction has supported Educational scholarships for Masters degrees in the fields of Water Engineering & Electric Engineering to candidates who demonstrate academic and professional excellence. TU Berlin Campus El Gouna is unique in its internationality. As a research hub it is linking TU Berlin's high-profile academics with research institutions and other partners in the region. Students are actively involved in research projects and many conferences and workshops taking place on campus. Investing into a degree from TU Berlin Campus El Gouna means investing into a German Master's degree from one of Germany's leading universities.

For more information, please visit: TU Berlin - Gouna Campus website

Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship
Technical University of Berlin – Campus Gouna Scholarship

The Orascom Construction-AUC Upper Egypt Youth Scholarship

As part of Orascom Construction’s drive to support Upper Egypt youth, Orascom Construction partnered with AUC to offer the “The Orascom Construction-AUC Scholarship program” which aims to provide an opportunity for underprivileged brilliant Egyptian high school students to pursue an undergraduate degree in economics at AUC. The scholarship provides full-tuition annual scholarships to public or private high school graduates from eight governorates in Upper Egypt: Assiut, Bani Suef, Minya, Sohag, Fayoum, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.  The Orascom Construction-AUC Scholarship provides selected students with skills and knowledge and complements the program with specialized training workshops to reinforce their characters, leadership and language skills.  By the end of the program, graduates with a bachelor's degree in economics will be in a position to go back and effectively help in the development of their governorates.

The Orascom Construction-AUC Scholarship Program has consistently proven successful, with students achieving high academic and leadership excellence in their journey to join the cadres of private corporations, civil society, and governmental entities. To date, Orascom Construction has provided 24 scholarships.

For more information, please visit: OC-AUC website

The Orascom Construction-AUC Upper Egypt Youth Scholarship
The Orascom Construction-AUC Upper Egypt Youth Scholarship

Community schools in Assiut

In 2018, Orascom Construction and Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) launched the third phase of the Schools for Egypt project in Assuit, which was reported as one of the most lagging governorates in Upper Egypt in human development indicators, especially in education and health. Therefore, the project was initiated with the aim of providing students in the poorest and most marginalized communities with quality educational opportunities, through the establishment of 15 community schools.

With regard to student learning and development, several activities took place, including delivering sessions to raise awareness on hygiene; conducting sports days for each school; delivering summer booster classes; and training a group of students to become technology ambassadors within the classroom. As for teachers’ professional development, the teachers received subject-matter technical support from the Ministry of Education and Technical Education; conducted exchange visits to schools that demonstrate good case practices; and received trainings on integrating technology within their class plans.

Community participation was reflected in the parents’ meetings that were conducted, in which parents received updates regarding their children’s education, as well as were informed on the role they need to play in their children’s learning journey. This was achieved with the support of the education committees of each school. The education committees were also trained on community resource mobilization and developed initial plans for how they aim to support the school that is serving their community. Also, under the scope of the “Digital Schools” project, in partnership between Orange and SFSD, community members around the 15 schools were selected and trained on how to repair the tablets supplied for the students.

Finally, to ensure that students are in a safe learning environment, minor renovations were conducted within the schools either by community members or professionals dedicated to that task. Orascom Construction has been, and will always remain, an avid supporter of quality educational opportunities for all Egyptians. Our firm commitment to provide schooling to marginalized children, who would otherwise not have had access to school, stems from our true belief in the transformative power of quality education.

Community schools in Assiut Community schools in Assiut
Community schools in Assiut

Injaz EGYPT

Orascom Construction is a longstanding supporter of INJAZ Egypt, an organization whose mission is to encourage private sector involvement in the development and delivery of specialized curricula that encourage student empowerment and entrepreneurship. Through various INJAZ programs, Orascom Construction has positively affected the lives of more than 790,000 young people, from 2009 up until now.

Orascom Construction sponsored the development and implementation of an Environmental Sustainability Curriculum for schools.  The program raised the environmental awareness and induced behavioral changes in thousands of public school students aged 11 to 15 over seven sessions. Students learnt about the scarcity of natural resources, efficient energy consumption, pollution, waste and their impact on health. They were taught to recycle, consume rationally and limit pollution in their communities.

INJAZ promotes employability skills among youth, and partners with businesses and educational institutions across the country to include thousands of students, schools, startups, and volunteers in an experiential learning journey that realizes youth potential across the country.

San3ety Graduates Initiative

Under the sponsorship of Orascom Construction, INJAZ Egypt launched its fourth cycle of the San3ety Graduates Initiative. San3ety Graduates equips participants with the skills they need to excel in the job market. Its partnership with certified training institute, Don Bosco Institute, gives participants a competitive edge. This round, San3ety has received 1,200 applications and was able to filter and select the top 50, including two participants with hearing impediments, to join the initiative. The participants gained critical transferrable and specific skills in five phases: Work Readiness Training, Entrepreneurship Workshop, Technical Training, Basic Digital Skills Training & Internships and Job Placement Assistance.

The graduation ceremony for this round took place on the 14th of December at the Don Bosco theater. We celebrated the achievement of 52 graduates, among which were two with hearing aids, 10 girls and 40 boys. It was a proud moment to hear the success stories of the graduates who were so grateful and thankful for the existence of this initiative that has changed their lives, as quoted by one of them.

Injaz EGYPT Injaz EGYPT
Injaz EGYPT

Orascom Construction “Adopt a School" Program

Orascom Construction believes in the added value of community engagement and remains dedicated to enhancing education in the communities it serves.  Recently Orascom Construction has adopted Al Shaheed Al Moganad Ahmed Ali Abu Kebir, a preparatory school in Gahdam, Assiut and launched an effort to transform the educational experience of more than 2,000 Egyptian students. Students, teachers and school administrators were invited to share their reflections in a Closing Ceremony at Orascom Construction’s Cairo headquarters.

Orascom Construction pioneered an extensive model of school adoption by dedicating not only funding but also the participation of Orascom Construction employees at Assiut Power Plant. These employees took an active role by volunteering to deliver Injaz programs to students, who visited the Orascom Power Plant site and learned and engaged directly with Orascom Construction staff.

A complete renovation of the school’s 22 classrooms, playgrounds, common areas and facilities has been completed. Renovations have improved student safety, with repairs made to plumbing, electricity and classrooms equipped with fans and whiteboards. Recreational spaces were enhanced to promote student health and wellness through the installation of new sports facilities and playgrounds, green spaces and a common space for eating. Most significantly, our renovations included providing fresh water directly at the school, which led to significant improvements in sanitary conditions and a happier student experience.

Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School
Orascom Construction “Adopt a School

AMENDS

Orascom Construction has acted as the lead sponsor of the American Middle Eastern Network Dialogue (AMENDS) conference since its inception seven years ago as part of the company’s belief in empowering youth and building sustainable networks for positive social change. AMENDS is a student initiative that enables the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa and US to learn from each other, connect with global leaders and resources, advance their work and share, through TEDstyle talks, their ideas and experiences.

AMENDS

ENACTUS Egypt

2021 saw Orascom Construction extend its partnership with Enactus Egypt, in support of the organization’s aim to invest in students who will fuel positive change and sustainability across their communities and countries.

Orascom Construction sponsored Enactus’ General Orientation Training in 2021, where 8,000 student leaders from over 66 universities came together for a training module created to provide knowledge and guidance that raises the bar for national competitions, and in turn, for future representation at the Enactus World Championship.

The Group also sponsored ENACTUS’ Thematic Competition on Innovation, where students from 35 universities took notable strides in implementing 81 innovative outreach projects that improved the community’s standard of living where most needed. Orascom Construction’s executives were part of the national competition’s judging panel, where the CelluRose project presented by the 6 October University ENACTUS team won.

The three-stage project utilizes every single part of the Nile Rose to create economic development. The ENACTUS Egypt Team started by analyzing and studying the components of each part of this plant. Project CelluRose worked with 80 local fishermen on manufacturing seven extraction tanks that utilize this rose to produce Cellulose. The tanks produce 1.5 tons of Cellulose monthly, and each ton is sold for USD 1,250, generating a net profit of USD 350 per ton for the beneficiaries. By selling 28 tons in four months to local factories that use Cellulose in their industries, the project beneficiaries were able to generate USD 35,000 in revenue, yielding a profit margin of 28%. CelluRose focused its efforts on targeting countries that import huge amounts of alpha cellulose for their industries such as China and India.

The Enactus Egypt team is currently in conversation with two of the largest chemical companies there to start exporting to them, selling each ton for USD 50,000, which is 22% less than the international market price. Thus, Alpha Cellulose is of higher quality, yet cheaper in prices. This will help put Egypt on the map of the top alpha cellulose exporters in the world. This year, Enactus Egypt team worked on achieving 11 SDGs, and directly impacted 1400 people and indirectly impacted 30,125 people, changing a total of 31,525 lives.

Orascom Construction continued to sponsor the Egyptian National team at the ENACTUS World Cup, which, due to the pandemic, was held online. More than 72,000 students from around the world participated in the event. To our pride, Egypt broke records for the first time in history, winning the World Cup three consecutive times. Orascom Construction congratulates ENACTUS Egypt, represented by ENACTUS 6 October University on winning the 2021 World Cup Championship with Project CelluRose.

ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt
ENACTUS Egypt

Educate me - The Blended Learning Journey Program

In partnership with Development Association for Empowering Special Needs, Orascom Construction has funded the establishment of the first English lab for the visually impaired in the Middle East, in order to achieve social justice and uplifting the living standards of persons with special needs, through which the visually impaired are taught English language skills and are empowering and qualifying them for better chances of getting employed and become an integral part in society & the job market.

Orascom Construction continued its cooperation with the Development Association for Empowering Special Needs by providing training for the visually impaired to improve their communication, negotiation and computer skills. The project was a huge success with the majority of attendees employed.

Educate me - The Blended Learning Journey Program Educate me - The Blended Learning Journey Program
Educate me - The Blended Learning Journey Program

Development Association for Empowering Special Needs

Orascom Construction partnered with Educate Me Foundation to deliver The Blended Learning Journey Program to 50 public school teachers from eight governorates: Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag, Minya, Beni Suef, and Fayoum. The program aims to raise the capacities of educators on the use of technology and other available resources within their context to serve the current gap caused by COVID-19 crisis and ensure learning continuity. In addition, it changes the educator’s mindset towards using technology in education, with the rapid growth and spread of technology making it a necessity to the learning experience. This is aligned with the Ministry of Education’s long-term direction and plan to move towards digitization and integrating technology in education that have already started before COVID-19 pandemic and accelerated with the crisis in the past year. The aim of such initiative is to create an opportunity for each child to become a lifelong learner, live a purposeful life, and prosper in their community.

Development Association for Empowering Special Needs

Community Engagement

Community Infrastructure & Development

Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project – Fully transforming a community

Orascom Construction partnered with EFG Hermes Foundation, the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the Kuwaiti Initiative for the Support of the Egyptian People, in order to launch an integrated development program that would improve the lives of the inhabitants of Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village in Esna, Luxor. The program aims at significantly improving education, healthcare, and infrastructure in the community, in addition to socially and economically empowering the inhabitants – with an intention to serve more than 60,000 residents of Naga’ El Fawal and El Deir Village.

Education:

A brand-new community center was inaugurated in November 2019, and includes a fully furnished Montessori nursery with a capacity of 100 children, as well as a fully furnished Montessori nursery for children with disabilities, with a capacity of 50 children. On-going training programs for 75 of the current staff and potential new hires to build their capacity and raise the standard of service provided to the children.

After the conclusion of our planned activities, Al-Fawal Comprehensive Development Association, an association created under our project with sustainability in mind, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Funtasia Foundation for a duration of three months. The objective of the MoU was for Funtasia to implement capacity building activities for the children of El Deir Village. In addition to that, 15 facilitators were trained by the foundation to cascade knowledge and information towards the beneficiaries. Additionally, three classes focusing on creativity and capacity building were opened in El Deir Village, and 11 workshops were conducted for children, under the theme Hear and Tell, reaching 110 children in 33 days. We are honored to announce that 17 young scholars graduated from the classes in 2021 and eight in 2020, including four scholars from the Special Needs section in 2021 and one in 2020.

Throughout the years various events and activities gathered the families of Naga’ El Fawal around sports and other community activities in spite of the constraints of COVID-19 situation.

Provision of health services: El Deir health unit medical supplies and equipment

The project undertook the responsibility of renovating and refurbishing the health unit which serves more than 75,000 people. A resident general practitioner has also been fully assigned to the unit and specialists are available on a weekly basis. 4 fully fledged medical convoys were conducted to detect anemia and eye diseases. 875 people have been provided with medicines for their eyes, 463 people were treated with medicines for anemia, and 867 people have received eyeglasses. In addition, 291 people were scheduled for eye surgeries. In addition, it is important to note that the healthcare center in El Deir has begun implementing the national integrated health insurance scheme. It is also obvious that after we have held awareness sessions on healthcare as part of the project. The beneficiaries have become more engaged with national initiatives such as 100 Million Healthy Lives, Eradicating Hepatitis C, Early Screening for Breast Cancer, as well as the importance of getting vaccinated for protection from COVID-19 virus.

Infrastructure:

The beneficiaries’ water network has been replaced with a new fully-operational and sanitary network. All houses in Naga’ El Fawal have been connected to new water pipes, which gave more than 10,000 inhabitants access to clean water. Additionally, a fully operational solar system to generate electricity was established in the newly built community center. The foundation successfully completed and delivered the construction work of the pumping station and the installation of the sewerage networks. Collaboration with local entities was successfully completed to deliver the station to local authorities. The initiative had to go through several stages in order to upgrade the housing conditions. Architectural drawings have been delivered and demolishing and construction licenses have been issued. 94 units/ houses have been successfully delivered.

Economic Empowerment:

6 training courses on launching, managing and marketing a project were delivered to 126 beneficiaries. A comprehensive training on breeding skills for livestock was conducted to 36 beneficiaries, to provide them with the skill set needed to look after the livestock and deal with any issues that arise. 115 in-kind grants with an average of 10,000 EGP each were delivered to beneficiaries in addition to technical trainings, in order to help the recipients, launch and sustain their own projects. Additionally, a fully furnished community center was built, including administrative offices that will create 42 permanent jobs. After the conclusion of the project, follow up visits were conducted to beneficiaries that received services to economically empower them. Results show that there has been close to a 50% increase in income of families that have received these services.

Capacity Building:

Al Fawal Comprehensive Development Association (ACDA) was created as part of the project’s interventions, specifically to ensure the sustainability of the interventions and to continue to serve the people of Naga’ El Fawal. Technical and administrative support has continued to be provided to ACDA, with the purpose of moving expertise, skills, and experiences. After the project was concluded, the number of the association’s members continued to increase and is now at 140 active members. The association also amended its scope of work to tackle the realities and needs on the ground. Moreover, ACDA connected six houses with potable drinking water through a donation that it successfully secured. It also continued to raise awareness on COVID-19 pandemic, and constantly sanitized the public areas where the people of Naga’ El Fawal periodically meet. ACDA has also been selected to be part of the committee that manages the national initiative Haya Kareema, bearing in mind that El Deir village is included in the initiative, but Naga’ El Fawal is not since it has already been upgraded by our project.

The Fight against Covid-19:

Naga’ El Fawal initiative has also swiftly adjusted its activities and reallocated some of its budget in order to aid in the fight against coronavirus:
. Awareness raising for 35,000 individuals on how to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19 through a number of campaigns as well as printed materials.
. Disinfection of 9 train stations and 18 bus stations.
. Direct economic support to 5,000 of the hardest hit families, with a total number of 25,000 beneficiaries, through the distribution of nutritious food baskets.

Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project – Fully transforming a community
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project – Fully transforming a community
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project – Fully transforming a community
Nagaa El Fawal & El Deir Village Integrated Sustainable Development Project – Fully transforming a community

The Coptic Centre for Training and Development in Beni Suef

Since 2010, Orascom Construction has striven to provide adequate housing to marginalized groups. To that end, we have acted swiftly to respond to the needs of disenfranchised people in Beni Suef. In partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, whose core vision is in harmony with ours, we have designed a project to improve the housing conditions of 120 families in 24 different villages in four centers across the governorate. Our interventions include delivering proper sewage systems, providing potable water, connecting houses to the power grid, and installing durable roofs, walls, stairs and tiles, among other services.  Orascom Construction has also planted around 500 trees in the targeted villages to allow people to enjoy better living conditions and assist them in realizing their potential.

The Coptic Centre for Training and Development in Beni Suef

Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project

In 2019, Orascom Construction has had a leading role with Helm, the Ministry of Transportation, and Metro Authorities, amongst other partners and sponsors to create public accessible models for persons with disabilities through the Cairo University Area and Metro Stations project. The project aimed to influence policy makers towards ensuring that no new construction is made in a way that is not accessible, and mainstreaming accessibility with a focus on the construction and transportation sectors. As part of the project, two metro stations were selected: Faisal and Cairo University. Orascom Construction funded the design, manufacturing and installation of the first metal tactile blocks from scratch to become an affordable, replicable, and locally-made product that can be mainstreamed across all metro and train stations. Orascom Construction is proud to see that this partnership has continued to have sustainable impact as currently:

  • The Ministry of Transportation in partnership with the Railway Authority and the Ministry of Social Solidarity and funded by Ataa Fund, are currently collaborating to make 10 metro stations accessible for persons with disabilities, following the model implemented by Orascom Construction and Helm.
  • The Railway Authority has announced that it will introduce multiple measures to make railway stations more accessible to people with disabilities, following the prototype executed by Helm and funded by Orascom Construction.

As part of these new measures, railway stations will house dedicated counters that will make it easier for people with disabilities to buy their tickets. Additionally, seats will be allocated inside the trains to people with disabilities, and a golf cart service will transport them in and out of the station. Wheelchairs will also be made available at Cairo Station and several high-density central stations, with ramps to be established at the stations’ entrances and exits.

Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project
Helm Foundation Streets and Metro Accessibility Project

Helm – Towards an Inclusive Society - Access Dahab Project

Under the sole sponsorship of Orascom Construction, a cooperation protocol was signed between Helm and South Sinai Governorate in April 2021, to develop the Access Dahab project, aimed at making the city of Dahab more accessible to persons with disabilities. This cooperation seeks to create a model for a pioneering city in accessible tourism and promote it in Egypt, which will in turn have an impact on attracting a potential market of persons with disabilities from around the world. The purpose of the project is to provide a model that will influence policy makers towards reinforcing the Code of Construction, ensuring that no new construction is made in a way that is inaccessible and raising awareness about the necessity of inclusion.

The project aimed to:

  • Deliver disability awareness programs and disability equality training for 30 participants of the potential different stakeholders in the project.
  • Install 20 ramps for all the potential community partners and businesses located on the main walkway along a distance of 500 meters.
  • Apply the accessibility guidelines on the infrastructure changes for the main access points of the beach included in this area.
  • Provide the accessibility standards manual to encourage different stakeholders within the society to design and build their public venues accessible for all.
  • Reinforce the legislation of the accessibility standards in the governorate building construction code.
  • Conduct an environmental impact assessment.

As part of the project, an event was held from 26-28th November, entitled Dahab Accessibility Week. The activities started off on the first day with a training session at the Technology Center for Citizens Service that involved government officials, Orascom Construction representatives, Helm ambassadors and business owners, discussing the inclusion of persons with disabilities and making Dahab a more accessible city, while distributing copies of Helm’s Small Businesses Accessibility Guide. The second day was full of challenging activities at the Dahab walkway, such as the wheelchair challenge, one-hand challenge, white cane challenge, as well as ramp coloring. All of these activities aim to involve Dahab’s community in understanding the importance of making the city more accessible by experiencing the challenges that face persons with disabilities in their daily lives, and to take part in the change by participating in making the ramps ready to deliver to shops and businesses the next day, in which ramp installation took place at several shops in Dahab.

Through this project, Orascom Construction and Helm seek to ensure persons with disabilities have better mobility and access to public spaces, making them more empowered and independent. They also aim to make the community more aware of the importance of inclusion for social development, and to promote Dahab as a model of accessible touristic cities in Egypt and the MENA region.

Helm – Towards an Inclusive Society - Access Dahab Project
Helm – Towards an Inclusive Society - Access Dahab Project
Helm – Towards an Inclusive Society - Access Dahab Project
Helm – Towards an Inclusive Society - Access Dahab Project

Littlest lamb – Basketball Court

Orascom Construction continues to support the mission of the Littlest Lamb in growing confident men and women who will shatter the stigma of being an orphan in Egypt. As such, in order to endorse this vision and because of our conviction that sports can be a source of personality development and an avenue whereby the children can vent their energies whilst learning how to collaborate and work in teams in fun ways, Orascom Construction built a multipurpose sports court for the Littlest Lamb – Birdrock Home for 77 orphaned children.

Orascom Construction has provided the supplies for the court’s complete construction by leveling out a 406 meters squared space for a concrete pouring foundation. Orascom Construction installed an innovative tile design and unique six-point locking system called VersaCourt that creates a seamless playing surface that allows for consistent ball bounce and response and unmatched playability. The court is constructed from shock absorbing tiles that reduce fatigue, which means that players can play for a longer time.

Orascom Construction has graciously also sponsored the foundation, seating, and lighting of the children’s basketball court. This multipurpose court will be an incredible addition to the amenities at Birdrock home, where Littlest Lamb’s children will be able to play Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, and more.

Orascom Construction remains committed to supporting initiatives that empower youth by providing them with all the love, support, resources, education and guidance they need to thrive.

Littlest lamb – Basketball Court Littlest lamb – Basketball Court
Littlest lamb – Basketball Court

Supporting Victims Killed in Sohag Train Collision

In response to a tragic train accident that took place on March 2021, Orascom Construction has responded immediately to this natural catastrophe offering its support through the Ministry of Transportation to all the victims killed and injured in the train accident. This stems from Orascom Construction’s responsibility and commitment towards Egypt and its citizens.

Supporting Victims Killed in Sohag Train Collision

Community Engagement

Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital

Orascom Construction established a new 170-square meter (excluding the ramp) Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital, in response to the department’s urgent request. It was designed, constructed and furnished according to their functional needs and with international standards in a record time.

Our engineers worked tirelessly and swiftly to deliver this project with the aim of benefitting Egyptian women in need. The ER unit donated by Orascom Construction was named the best functional and most elegant ER unit in Kasr Al Aini Hospital. It currently receives 100-120 patients per day and about 90% are admitted.

Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital
Donating an Emergency Reception Unit for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Kasr el Eini Hospital

Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable

Remodeling of key fever hospitals amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Believing in the need to come together to contain the COVID-19 crisis, Orascom Construction collaborated with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to back the Ministry of Health and Population’s efforts by supporting the Fever Hospitals in Abbasiya and Helwan. In both hospitals, key construction work was rapidly conducted to ensure the facilities were able to meet the high number of patients and the set up was appropriate for isolation. Additionally, a significant contribution was made to the Ministry of Health and Population to purchase personal protective equipment and testing kits needed for COVID-19.

Supporting university hospitals during COVID-19

Within the scope of the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s activities, Orascom Construction, together with Sawiris Foundation for Social Development and the Ahl Masr Foundation launched the “Aman Ahl Misr initiative” with the Supreme Council of University Hospitals in order to protect doctors and healthcare workers on the front lines in their fight against COVID-19.

Renovating 110 ventilators in support of government response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of our initiative to support the efforts of the Egyptian government and the Ministry of
Health and Population, Orascom Construction and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development repaired 110 ventilators in 42 public hospitals across Egypt. This was done in close coordination with the technicians and local representatives of the ventilator manufacturers.
The hospitals were spread over 18 cities and governorates, including Assiut, Damietta, Greater Cairo,
Kafr Al Sheikh, Sohag, and Al Wahat Al Bahariya.

Supporting 9,000 families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Luxor under the auspices of the Egyptian Armed Forces

In May 2020, Orascom Construction and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development launched an initiative to support 9,000 families affected by COVID-19 in Luxor. Dry food boxes were provided, and disinfection and sterilization operations were carried out in congested areas to prevent the spread of infection. The initiative provided a package of integrated services such as:

  • Awareness campaigns for 36,000 individuals.
  • Direct financial support for 9,000 families.

Supporting 18,000 vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19 in Suez

Within the framework of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development initiative to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Orascom Construction through its subsidiary, Suez Industrial Development Company, launched an initiative implemented by Life Makers Foundation and the Egyptian Red Crescent with the aim of supporting 18,000 beneficiaries in underprivileged societies of the Suez governorate. Families that lost their incomes as a result of COVID-19 were given cash transfers through their “Damen” debit cards, enabling them to freely purchase their necessities while maintaining their dignity and humanity. Other interventions like the distribution of food products, provision of financial aid and hygienic products, awareness campaigns targeting infection control and support for local doctors were also implemented. The initiative also implemented preventive measures to ensure the safety of citizens and limit the spread of the virus such as sterilizing major train stations and post offices.

Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable
Supporting Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and Reaching the Most Vulnerable

Support of Health & Hope Oasis

Orascom Construction continued supporting the Friends of Children with Cancer organization in its efforts of putting a smile on a child’s face at the Health and Hope Oasis, Egypt’s first supportive care center for children with cancer and their families. Orascom Construction has provided another prefab unit to the Health and Hope Oasis, which will be used to store the bikes that are used by the children while staying at the oasis.

The Health and Hope Oasis, situated on a farm, provides an environmentally safe place for pediatric cancer patients to recuperate away from the city and the hospital. It also provides a recreational outlet for all children while learning about hygiene for infection control, proper nutrition, and emotional well-being. The educational kitchen introduces children and families to simple, low-cost, natural Egyptian foods, free from preservatives.

With the support of friends of the project, the Health and Hope Oasis was able to continue providing much-needed support to the children and their families through the difficult year of 2020, while educating them about measures to stay safe during the pandemic.

Support of Health & Hope Oasis

Abu El-Rish El Yabani Hospital - Kitchen Renovation

Orascom Construction swiftly responded to the request of Abu El-Rish Children’s Hospital for the refurbishment of their kitchen in order to raise it at a level matching the required international standards. A kitchen is an integral aspect of any hospital’s operation and Abu El-Rish Hospital’s kitchen was in dire need of restoration, refurbishment, and new equipment and utensils. Proper nutrition and hygiene go hand in hand with medical attention. Not only did Abu El-Rish Hospital’s kitchen lack basic utensils and equipment, but it also lacked a Fire Extinguishing System and proper ventilation, which can result in foodborne illnesses and fatalities. Health and hygiene are at the forefront of Orascom Construction’s values, and we believe that hospitals’ meals and nutrition are a vital component of the health and wellbeing of patients, their families, and the medical staff. Abu El-Rish Hospital can now comfortably continue to save lives.

Abu El-Rish El Yabani Hospital - Kitchen Renovation
Abu El-Rish El Yabani Hospital - Kitchen Renovation
Abu El-Rish El Yabani Hospital - Kitchen Renovation
Abu El-Rish El Yabani Hospital - Kitchen Renovation

Ahl Masr Hospital

Orascom Construction has made a significant donation whilst being the main contractor for building Ahl Masr Hospital, a specialized burn hospital that serves the unnoticed massive numbers of burn injuries. The accidents result in hundreds of thousands of burn victims with mortality rates that are heart wrecking, reaching to 60% as a result of the insufficient numbers of intensive care beds-75% more beds needed. As part of its effort to aid burnt victims, Orascom Construction stepped in to collaborate with Ahl Masr Hospital to improve the availability of intensive care beds. The hospital encompasses 60 ICUs with an agile infrastructure capable of converting the inpatient rooms to ICU’s when necessary, especially in light of the critical patient infection control requirements.

Ahl Masr Hospital

The Karim Camel-Toueg International Fellowship in Hepatology

Established in 2011 in memory of OCI's late Board Member Karim Camel-Toueg, the program provides Egyptian hepatologists with the opportunity to become fellows at the Cleveland Clinic’s Hepatology Center for six months. The program aims to increase the number of top-tier specialists in Egypt who possess best-in-class real-time experiences in patient-handling, cultivated in an environment supported with top quality medical and research facilities. The ultimate goal is to increase excellence in the treatment of prevalent liver diseases in Egypt.

The Karim Camel-Toueg International Fellowship in Hepatology

Sponsoring Future Athletes

Building on our successful story of sponsoring the athletic Roger Baddour and supporting him throughout his final and most important years in his junior squash career, which in turn reflected positively on his academic career as well and gave him the chance to study in one of the top universities in the world, the University of Pennsylvania. Orascom Construction is proud to announce the signing of one of the most promising Egyptian athletes, Youssef Ibrahim. The professional squash player is currently ranked world #16 at 22 years old. Also Orascom Construction will continue to sponsor the inspiring athlete Chris Baddour who is currently ranked #1 under 15 and he reached the final in the nationals 2022.

Orascom Construction will support the young athletics in their journey. Through sponsor both athletes’ training and coaching programs, as well as their squash tournaments. Through these sponsorships, Orascom Construction will help them achieve and maintain the physical fitness needed for their continuous progress. The story of our athletes is turning out to be one that inspires the young generation with hard work and dedication.

Sponsoring Future Athletes