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Woman turns on water faucet in her home
August 13, 2014

Assiut – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater Treatment, inaugurated five new facilities in Upper Egypt including a training center, three potable water treatment plants, and a wastewater collection facility. 

“Over 560,000 rural inhabitants of Sohag and Assiut now have access to potable water and sanitation,” said Dr. Mary C. Ott, Mission Director at USAID in Egypt.  “This has improved the health and living conditions, as well as the livelihoods, of families in Upper Egypt.”

USAID has invested more than $4.5 billion since 1979 to construct or upgrade water and wastewater facilities that have improved the health and living conditions of more than 22 million Egyptians.  USAID partners with Egyptian counterparts to construct or upgrade water and wastewater facilities in underserved cities and rural areas using appropriate technologies and local contractors.  Additionally, USAID helps to improve operations and management of the Holding Company and its regional subsidiaries to enable better service deliver. 

General Al-Harras and Dr. William Patterson visit with Employment Fair participants.
March 10, 2014

Over 5,000 job seekers met with representatives from 50 companies and hotels at the U.S. government-sponsored Luxor Employment Fair. “The U.S. Government is committed to helping Egypt create a strong economy with good jobs and educated workers,” said Dr. William Patterson, USAID/Egypt Economic Growth Director.  “USAID’s support for employment fairs and employment and training in vocational school units is an important step on the path to building a stronger economy in Egypt.”

USAID/Egypt Economic Growth Director Dr. William Patterson addresses StartUp Weekend competitors in Luxor.
March 8, 2014

Over 150 entrepreneurs, 20 mentors, four judges, and U.S. and Egyptian government officials participated in the Luxor StartUp Weekend entrepreneurship competition from March 6-8, 2014. “The U.S. Government believes in the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in driving Egypt’s economy forward,” said Dr. William Patterson, Economic Growth Director at USAID/Egypt.  “In the past four years, the U.S. Agency for International Development - USAID - has helped thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into action. These businesses will create jobs and add value to the Egyptian economy.”

Debris from a bomb attack fills the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo.
February 10, 2014

Today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Marc Sievers toured the Museum of Islamic Art and Dar al-Kutub to see firsthand the damage resulting from the January 24 bomb attack in Bab al Khalq.  He announced a LE 1 million grant from the U.S. Government to assist with urgent needs in the early recovery phase. 

Two of the engineers who interned with EGEC proudly display their certificates of completion.
February 6, 2014

Forty nine Egyptian engineers completed internships with the Egyptian Group for Engineering Consultation (EGEC) through a two-year project funded by a grant from the U.S. Government.  Of the first cohort of interns, 85 percent have already found gainful employment in Egypt and internationally.

These Luxor Tourism School students hope to secure internships and jobs through the USAID-funded employment and training unit at
February 1, 2014

The U.S. Government, in collaboration with the Luxor Tourism School, celebrated the launch of the school’s new employment and training units today.  The units will increase students’ chances of finding fulfilling careers upon graduation.


Last updated: August 14, 2014

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