A Remnant Remains is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to poverty reduction and sustainable development in the garbage villages of Egypt. Local community members are the key to defining and achieving goals such as access to resources, vocational training, and skill-based employment. We function for the sole purpose of empowering an overlooked remnant tasked with the burden of collecting society's waste.
We aim to draw attention to an essential yet undermined community in the heart of Cairo, namely, garbage collectors. Every day, men, women, and children collect and sort over 10,000 tons of waste. That's right, 10,000 tons. And that's only with a population of 16 million within all of Egypt - Cairo's current population alone is approximately 19 million, so you can see why the Remnant is so essential to society.
The problem is: they bear the burden, but not the benefits.
They get minimal compensation and no recognition, leaving them with a great price to pay including: high rates of illiteracy, child mortality, and widespread disease and poverty. But there's also much more to this community than what meets the eye. And that's why we exist - to share their stories, needs, and background while fostering lasting relationships, listening to their needs, and empowering them to make their voices heard.
Since its founding in 2010, ARR has provided solar power energy through an innovative solar-node system promoting energy saving and sustainable practices as well as consistent and sustainable access to water by brokering contracts with local authorities. ARR has served as a bridge between an ostracized and outcast community, allowing community members to take the lead in mobilizing change for their lives through job creation, education, access to healthcare, and income generation. Our mission is to empower people who are at the base of the pyramid in societies to rise above the rubble of poverty by providing them a holistic and process based model of empowerment that is community driven. Our method involves community participation and input at the program and project design phase, ensuring that 100% of the projects we start are sustained by the community at hand.
In every community, we believe there is a Remnant of people that remain who rise above the insurmountable challenges that face them - We believe in the power of the few to mobilize the rest. This is the Remnant that Remains.