Meanwhile, at Kamel’s Rug-Weaving Center, girls from the community are reviving the most ancient of Egyptian crafts, weaving on a hand-loom. Made from discarded cotton remnants, the colorful rugs are sold at handicraft fairs, and earnings are divided among the aspiring weavers. As part of this “learning and earning” project the girls learn basic math and literacy skills.
In 1997, Kamel launched a new project involving young men from Mokattam transferring their recycling know-how to two popular tourist towns in the South Sinai: Dahab and Nuweiba. This time the project involved separating the garbage in the whole town into two components, food and non-food, delivering the organic matter to the Bedouins who raise their goats and camels on it, and delivering the non-organic to a sorting and processing transfer station. This project brings together all the stakeholders in each town (municipalities, investors, Bedouins, residents, hotels, tourists, etc.) around the issue of creating sustainable tourism developments in the South Sinai.