Prisoners in Debt
Alwaleed Philanthropies donated EGP 3,500,000 to the “Prisoners in Debt” program initiated by Misr El-Kheir Foundation in Egypt.
A major community development initiative in Egypt, “Prisoners in Debt” has released 1000 detainees during Ramadan 2014 with the support of Alwaleed Philanthropies. The program also aims at improving prisoners’ standards of living upon their release through providing moral and financial support – helping re-integrate them into society as dignified, productive members.
Misr El-Kheir Foundation has set up a number of small businesses with the dual purpose of employing released prisoners and reviving Egypt’s traditional craft industry. Its first project was in Apis, Alexandria, which had a large number of debtors and where the hand-made carpet industry was nearing extinction. Accordingly, the Foundation built a carpet factory, currently employing more than 220 families. Furthermore, it has started a rehabilitation program for prisoners prior to their release, establishing a handmade textile-manufacturing factory in Minya prison where prisoners could earn an income to support themselves and their families.