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December 2, 2007

Rag Recycling Unit, Mokattam

Filed under: visits — scotsabroad @ 7:23 pm
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Rags in bags to be used for rugsAs you can imagine Cairo generates a lot of rubbish and some of it is recycled. I visited a centre on Friday morning with some of my colleagues. The Association for the Protection of the Environment organises the centre where women recycle rubbish and then make goods for sale. We visited to buy some of the things they make and they were all beautifully made. I had to resist all the gorgeous quilts (on the grounds that I don’t really need one) but I did buy some floor mats and some Christmas decorations. The centre is at the top of a winding set of very narrow, cramped streets which are chocabloc with people living cheek by jowl. The APE centre, however, is a bit like a gated community with what looked like an orchard and a huge metal entry gate. Children were playing at the nursery and the place was an oasis of calm and peace. It was quite a contrast to the streets we had passed through to reach it. Is this the power of being involved with NGOs? I really don’t know.

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  1. That market sounds great. Envisaging those quilts right now…

    Comment by Wendy — December 6, 2007 @ 8:25 pm | Reply


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