Egypt – Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE)
UNESCO has teamed up with the local association, APE, to train youngsters working in garbage slums in business and recycling.
In the Mokkattam area of Cairo, behind the city’s citadel, lies a slum where the city’s waste is sorted and recycled. The inhabitants of this area, the zabbaleen, leave every morning to collect Cairo’s rubbish on trucks and donkey carts. Many of the collectors are children and others still, particularly girls, stay behind in Mokattam to sort out the rubbish once it returns on the carts. UNESCO teamed up with the local association, APE, to train youngsters in business and recycling, spreading their new-found expertise from Mokattam to another garbage slum in Cairo. The scheme was so successful that the Cairo youths took their skills to the Red Sea coast where they helped hotels find outlets and solutions for their increasing waste.