Supporting the local community

Sherif & Maria have always ben closely involved with the local Bedouins. In 1998 Sherif El Ghamrawy established Hemaya NGO as a stronger tool for Basata to help and support the local community around them.

We help our local community by

Waste Management
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Ramadan Boxes

Every year at Ramadan we distribute boxes for the poor local families, containing food & dry goods.

Food Box
Image by Yannis H
Bedouin Kindergarten

We rented out a house from a local Bedouin and turned it into a kindergarten for "Bedouins from Bedouins".

In the afternoon the place serves as a training center for local Bedouin women.

Solid Waste Management

Hemaya collects the garbage from the surrounding local camps & hotels, already pre sorted into organic & non organic waste. The organic waste goes to feeding stations for the Bedouins' animals while the non organic waste is dropped off at our NGO sorting station & is sorted into numerous categories. These are shredded, pressed and packed in order to be sent for recycling to Cairo. About only 15 - 18% of this collected waste ends up at the landfill.

Trips & Hikes

We only work with local bedouin guides to organize all kinds of safari & desert trips.

Desert Sand
Providing Free Marketplaces

We always welcome the local Bedouin women at Basata to display & sell their handicrafts.