President Sisi witnesses launching ceremony of ‘Shoulder-to-Shoulder’ initiative

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed on Friday the launching ceremony of “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative at Cairo International Stadium.

Today’s event aims to celebrate the efforts of thousands of volunteers helping to provide food to over 20 million people nationwide.

The initiative is being launched by the National Alliance for Civil Work for Development (NACDW) which is the biggest organized, independent gathering of civil society associations, representing the main umbrella, under which 30,000 associations work to achieve development, economic empowerment and social protection for Egyptians.

The celebration started with showing a documentary film about the story of several volunteers of “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative.The film threw a spotlight on the idea of the initiative, which was launched upon directives issued by President Sisi with the aim of supporting the National Alliance for Civil Work for Development (NACDW).

The film, meanwhile, said that the idea of supporting the NACDW represents a dream for everyone.The NACDW managed to reach out to people and get to places that are very difficult to be reached, according to the film.

Via video conference, President Sisi also witnessed the proceedings of launching ”Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative in 10 governorates.A number of volunteers reviewed their relentless efforts to support the most needy families and deliver foodstuff to them before the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

One of the volunteers, meanwhile, said that establishing the National Alliance for Civil Work for Development, which is the first of its kind in Egypt, includes institutions and associations that gather under one umbrella, upon directives issued by President Sisi in 2022.The initiative included 300,000 volunteers helping to provide food to about 25 million people, according to them.

As of Saturday, cartons that usually consist of food packages containing rice, oil, sugar and other necessities will be distributed to the needy families.

One of the volunteers in “Gamal el Garhi” foundation for community development reviewed – via video conference – the launch of “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative in Fayyoum governorate.He also referred to El Kheir kitchen, which provides hot meals throughout the year and during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

One of the volunteers in Abu el Enein charitable foundation said that after joining the National Alliance for Civil Work for Development (NACDW), it became easier to unify all databases and the services became more expanded.

In Assiut governorate, Tamer Galal at “Resala” charity organization said that he is delighted to be part of “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative.The charity organization has been operating in Egypt since more than 23 years, he boasted.Resala is at the forefront of associations participating in the National Alliance for Civil Development Work (NACDW), he added.In Damietta governorate, director of Dakhalia and Damietta office in Misr el Kheir foundation Hassan Mousalam said that a huge number of volunteers of different ages are taking part in preparing boxes usually consisting of food packages containing rice, oil, sugar and other necessities.

President Sisi witnessed several artistic performances as part of proceedings related to the launch of “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative.The events included stunning performances presented by young talents from “El Dome” TV show.Following the various outstanding performances, President Sisi delivered a speech in which he said that the “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” initiative is considered a new victory to humanity and social solidarity.President Sisi, meanwhile, said that the event is a wonderful humanitarian scene, greeting all Arab and Muslim nations on the approach of the holy month of Ramadan.

Source: State Information Service Egypt