ExxonMobil Egypt signs MoU with Sawiris Foundation’s Bab Amal Program
Cairo, January, 31st, 2023 – ExxonMobil Egypt announced signing a memorandum of understanding with Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) to join its program “Bab Amal”, implemented by Giving Without Limits Association in Assiut, aiming to empower participating families, from the most deprived villages. The cooperation stems from the company’s strategy and its commitment towards investing in the community.
“The MoU signing aligns with ExxonMobil Egypt’s strategy and leadership in supporting the communities in which it operates,” stated Eng. Youssef Hafez, Board Member, Public & Government Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil Egypt. “Through this cooperation, the company is contributing towards strengthening the capabilities of participating families, in collaboration with Giving without Limits Association. The company’s efforts come in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
On the other hand, Eng. Noura Selim, Sawiris Foundation for Social Development’s Executive Director, elaborated saying, “Improving the Egyptian society’s quality of life is one the Foundation’s top priorities. We strive to empower the underprivileged citizens in Egypt and secure their basic needs, especially in marginalized villages of Upper Egypt governorates. Therefore, we are happy that ExxonMobil Egypt joined forces with Bab Amal program, in order to leave an enduringly positive impact and contribute to solving more urgent societal problems. We hope this partnership would encourage other entities in order to expand the program’s outreach and impact, the outcome of a series of carefully studied interventions aiming to overcome extreme poverty.”
ExxonMobil Egypt has been keen on collaborating with different entities, whether government or civil society organizations, such as Misr El-Kheir Foundation, Save the Children, Injaz Egypt, Enactus Egypt, Alwan wa Awtar, among many others, in addition to many universities such as the American University in Cairo, Ain Shams, in order to serve various sectors of the Egyptian society.
It is noteworthy that “Bab Amal” program is an adaptation of the “Graduation from Ultra-Poverty” methodology, founded and developed by BRAC International, proving successful in more than 50 countries, having a significant impact on the lives of poor families from diverse societies. In 2018, SFSD and its partners developed a carefully-studied approach to the program’s interventions, to fit the ultra-poverty situation in Egypt, to take place in the governorates of Assiut and Sohag, where 2,267 families from 35 different villages benefit from these interventions. The program is implemented in cooperation with development partners: Giving Without Limits Association in Assiut, and the Egyptian Human Development Association in Sohag. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in the MENA region is responsible for the monitoring and impact evaluation of the program.
About ExxonMobil Egypt:
ExxonMobil Egypt is a leading provider of high-quality lubricants and fuels and has a wide network of convenience retail shops. ExxonMobil Egypt has more than 350 service centers under “Mobil” name, more than 110 service centers for Mobil 1 and Mobil Autocare, in addition to 27 “On the Run” branches, and an increasing number of “Way to Go” branches that reached 18 branches. ExxonMobil Egypt offers a diversified range of industrial products, lubricant solutions and services, in Egypt and more than 40 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, America and the Far East, supported by two lubricant blending manufacturers in Alexandria and the 10th of Ramadan. Since 2019, ExxonMobil Egypt has resumed its interest in exploration and drilling in Egypt and in the Eastern Mediterranean, by owning a franchise for gas exploration and drilling. ExxonMobil Egypt builds on a rich history that began about 120 years ago, starting with the registration of Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil) in 1902. ExxonMobil Egypt is committed to participate in many community initiatives related to education, development and women, serving different sectors and groups in Egyptian society.
About Sawiris Foundation for Social Development:
The Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) was established in 2001 with an endowment from the Sawiris Family, as one of the first national donor foundations to address the most pressing issues facing the Egyptian society, and works to create opportunities, stimulate change, and achieve sustainable development-based on knowledge and exchange of experiences and development practices. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has succeeded in consolidating the sustainable development approach instead of the charitable approach, by adopting pioneering initiatives and ideas, transforming them into projects that secure a decent life for all segments of Egyptian society, especially the most underprivileged groups, thus creating thousands of job opportunities for youth, women breadwinners and those with special needs. The SFSD is also committed to providing high-quality education opportunities at various educational levels, scholarships to thousands of Egyptian students, in addition to initiatives and programs aimed at providing healthcare services, supporting infrastructure, and empowering women and children with their right to education and protection and growth. During its journey in sustainable development, the Foundation invested more than EGP2 billion in supporting many economic, social and educational initiatives, which affect the lives of nearly 700,000 people in various Egyptian governorates, with a focus on Upper Egypt.