Only three days away from the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood has launched a campaign dubbed 'Building Egypt Together.' At a press conference in central Cairo on Tuesday, the group's secretary-general, Mahmoud Hussein, provided details of the initiative.
"Three central projects will be implemented nationwide, in addition to several projects on the provincial level," Hussein said.(...)
The campaign, which is set to continue until 5 February, incorporates a variety of projects. One key initiative will be to provide free health services to one million Egyptians, renovate 2,000 governmental schools and alleviate hardship by providing subsidised produce. Another initiative, highlighted by Ezzat, will aim to provide one million apartments. Eight-hundred NGOs will work nationwide to achieve these goals, 20 of which will be located inCairo," said Ezzat.
FJP Secretary-General Hussein Ibrahim invited all interested parties, NGOs and civil society representatives to gather at the party'sCairoheadquarters on 5 February to begin planning the campaign's next phase. Some critics, however, questioned the timing of the initiative.
"This initiative is useless since it only spans one month. Charity should not be undertaken simply for electoral purposes," said Zeinab Afifi, head of the National Orphans Federation. "This isn't like providing food bags to the poor during Ramadan [the Islamic fasting month]. A campaign like this needs at least one year to have any impact."