Change starts when citizens start asking questions to solve local issues, and themselves try to find new alternatives to traditional work methods.
The idea of Waqfeyat Al-Maadi Community Foundation began when Founder Marwa Al-Dali started reconsidering and studying the methods adopted in development work and its funding in Egypt, and placing them within the framework of social entrepreneurship and sustainability.
After noticing that there is a gap between social endowment and development work priorities, she created the foundation as an independent non-profit community in 2007, to reinvent Islamic endowment (or Waqf) in a modern way, using funds derived from Zakat and tithing to improve living standards in Cairo's Al-Maadi neighborhood.
The idea behind Waqfeyat is to get citizens directly involved in improving neighborhoods based on the needs of local residents (...)
Challenges to Development Work
Development work and social endowment face a lot of challenges in Egypt, namely dependence on external financing, and the fact that most Egyptians are not involved in civil society.