The agreement was announced during a panel discussion and a networking event on the sidelines of El Gouna Film Festival to confirm their 2021-2022 commitment for the cause.
The ongoing El Gouna Film Festival on Sunday signed a landmark agreement with the UN Refugee Agency in Egypt, UNHCR, and Sawiris Foundation to support refugee children for the next two years.
During the reception, Karim Atassi, UNHCR Representative to Egypt and to the League of Arab States and Eng. Samih Sawiris, representing Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) signed the agreement.
“Being aware of the humanitarian crisis that touches tens of thousands of families in the region, it is our duty to support the refugee and marginalized children in Egypt. They all deserve safety, proper health care and education, as basic needs that would help them have a better tomorrow. It is together with the UNHCR and its vast network that we can positively impact the lives of refugee children, creating hope, providing opportunities and improving prospects for their futures,” commented Eng. Samih Sawiris.
This is the second agreement to be signed this year between UNHCR and SFSD, solidifying and furthering the commitment to supporting vulnerable refugees in Egypt.
Earlier in 2020, SFSD made a generous contribution of EGP 15 million that supported more than 2,800 refugee households in Egypt, identified by UNHCR as highly vulnerable in the face of Covid-19.