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Monday, 11 May 2020 09:58

Problem: Medication shortages and other access challenges for chronic disease and other patients in Egypt and the Middle East.
Solution: An AI-powered, GPS-enabled digital platform to help chronic patients order, schedule, and refill their recurring medicines in spite of their location or income.

Goals and objectives: To assist patients make scheduled medicine orders in a bid to tackle challenges with accessing medication in a timely fashion.

Implementation: CHEFAA was founded in May 2017 by Doaa Aref, a dgital marketing manager and advertising strategist and her friend Rasha Rady, an assistant lecturer of pediatric hematology at Cairo University. While Ms. Aref was a patient of thyroid cancer, the two friends discovered the challenges Egyptians face in ordering recurring prescriptions for chronic diseases, due to accessibility, inconsistencies in pharmacy stocks and other logistical hurdles. These challenges are further compounded by the fact that legislations governing pharmacy operations in Egypt date back to the 19950’s and 1960’s and therefore not suitable for modern-day services.
As a consequence, the two friends have advanced the digitization of Egypt’s pharmaceutical operations by designing a mobile app that enables patients with chronic diseases to order their prescriptions and have it delivered to their homes every month. CHEFAA allows its customers to order a month-worth of prescriptions in a single order, with a possibility of monthly recurrence. The CHEFAA service also provides monthly reminders for patients to refill their prescriptions and also notifies customers when a certain medicine is running low in the market so the customer could consult their doctors for an alternative.

CHEFAA provides its users with a real-time search engine, which facilitates their ability to make orders, and schedule deliveries with a GPS functionality. It also runs a medicine-dedicated corporate social responsibility platform to match donations with low-income patients.

To place an order, a customer scans his or her prescription using the CHEFAA app, selects their respective location and chooses the preferred method of payment. The order then goes to a nearby CHEFAA pharmacy partner who process the order via their CHEFAA app. If one nearby pharmacy cancels the order, it automatically goes to the next one without having the user to do anything. The delivery of products, as per local regulations, is taken care of by the pharmacies.

Beyond providing prescription services, CHEFAA’s database offers great insights about the entire pharmaceutical market, such as locations of medicine availability and unavailability, places of consumption of certain products, and what the market share of some medicine companies is like.

Even though CHEFAA focuses on recurring orders by patients with chronic diseases and that’s where most of their orders come from, the company also serves single prescription customers to order their medicines.

CHEFAA is a free service for patients, however, the company charges pharmacies a commission fee on transactions and a monthly subscription fee in case of scheduled monthly packages for chronic patients. It also charges monthly subscription fees to medical and pharmaceutical organisations in return for access to market analytics and data.

Achievements: In its first 12 months of operations, CHEFAA fulfilled more than 100,000 orders through over 800+ pharmacies, and generated total sales of more than US$1 million.

CHEFAA is currently operational in nine Egyptian cities and is expanding its services to other Egyptian states and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This innovative enterprise has been recognized by the prestigious Cartier Women’s Initiative.

Contact details:

Doaa Aref, Rasha Rady
Address: 151 Maadi Al Khabiri Al Wasti, Al Maadi, Cairo Governorate 11728, Egypt
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Website: https://www.chefaa.com
Telephone: +2 01003363656

Sunday, 19 April 2020 14:22

Problem: Prevalence of child obesity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with over a million obese or overweight children. Driving this rise in obesity is the availability and high consumption of fast food and sweetened drinks in school cafeterias. Although the Saudi authorities have introduced measures in recent years on combating obesity and other cardiovascular challenges related to HFSS, lack of coherence in enforcement and compliance has limited its success. Also, socio-economic and cultural factors including an early start of the school day (7 a.m.) hinders the ability of working parents to prepare healthy meals before dropping off their children at schoolkids.


Solution: A social enterprise that provides school children with healthy and delicious food to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the larger Middle East.

Goals and objectives: To combat childhood obesity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and neighbouring countries by promoting healthy food and lifestyle, providing children with healthy and nutritious food choices, and creating a community of future healthy eaters.

Implementation: Upon return from Australia where she received a masters and Ph.D.in Health Services Management, Rihab Hasanain began researching school options for her two children and quickly identified problems with the school meal programs. She was particularly concerned by the health consequences of the high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) diets provided to children, leading to the doubling of obesity prevalence from 11.3 percent to 24.5 percent in just 14 years.
Responding to the child obesity epidemic in her country, Rihab Hasanain in 2016 started a public-private partnership with local school authorities and developed educational programs that encourage healthy eating habits, and provides school children with healthy, nutritious and delicious meal options. Within six months, Rihad had secured location, hired staff and completed the requisite logistics and regulations needed for starting a food catering business for children.
Blooming Bs is an all-women business with 20 employees originating from all over Saudi Arabia, enriching the tastes and recipes of its healthy menu for children whose parents are unable to prepare healthy meals daily.

Achievements:  In its first year, Blooming Bs served 60,000 meals, and by the second year it had doubled the meals served to 120,000. Blooming Bs is also expanding its school 400 students and another that has more than 1,000,” Rihab says. “We are receiving requests for schools that have more than 2,000 students.

The company began with two employees and now expanded with more than 20 employees. As a women-only business operating during school hours, Blooming Bs provides opportunities to Saudi mothers who otherwise might not be able to work. “We are very convenient for women and mothers,” Rihab says. Employees can start work after they drop their kids at school and finish in time to pick them up. And Blooming Bs doesn’t require any particular education level or experience—just awareness of the issue and a passion for cooking.

Employees come from all corners of Saudi Arabia, bringing different tastes and recipes. This diversity of hiring has helped Blooming Bs create menus with options as varied as the staff’s geographical backgrounds. By providing a unified menu and healthy choices. Blooming Bs reduces food waste by ensuring that its food are attractive to the children it services.

 

Contact details: Rihab Abdulaziz Hasanain
Address: 7396 Al Yasmein Qurtubah, Riyadh 13244-3123, Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966 55 507 6508
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Website: https://www.instagram.com/blooming_bs 

Sunday, 19 April 2020 14:14

Problem: Perinatal and postpartum depression common with over 20 per cent of expecting and new mothers as they experience with psychological, emotional and mental stress which diminishes their ability to cope with the responsibilities of motherhood.

Solution: A multi-purpose information and service centre for expecting and new mothers in Egypt.

Goals and objectives: To provide an all-inclusive financial, physical, and emotional support service to expecting and recent Egyptian mothers.

Implementation: Rahet Bally – Egypt’s leading mommy services, was created in 2014 by Nadia Gamal El Din, a brand manager at P&G who at a young age of 24 became a mother and was unable to acquire requisite support, community groups or online resources for maternity. Her experience made her aware of the enormous physical, emotional, psychological and mental pressures of pregnancies that often leads to isolation and stress, making the responsibilities of motherhood ever more difficult.

The absence of peer and professional support during maternity inspired Nadia Gamal El Din to ensure that every single mother in Egypt finds comfort during their maternity.

Rahet Bally—which translates to “peace of mind” in Arabic started as a Facebook group bringing together a consortium of professionals, including psychologists, nutritionists, and pediatricians, to answer hash tagged (#) questions on maternity for new and expecting moms. Within a month of its launch, this Facebook group had over 100 professionals and 3,000 moms actively communicating on its platform. Rahet Bally has grown to provide advice and guidance on financial, physical, emotional, and social needs of new motherhood.

The Rahet Bally service also provides a discount card for its members which helps offset the costs of essential baby items such as clothes, diapers, and healthcare, which can be prohibitive. Other services offered include fitness and nutrition programs in three Cairo-based facilities.

Its business philosophy revolves around taking care of mothers. In its new location, called Cloud, Rahet Bally has provides nutrition, fitness and spa services including napping pods, meeting and workshop rooms, as well as book clubs while experienced babysitters take care of their little ones.

Rahet Bally is currently expanding its operations beyond Egypt, through its recent acquisition of Ana 7amel platform, the largest portal for pregnant women in the Middle East that allows it to reach pregnant mothers across income brackets.

Achievements: Rahet Bally currently services over 150,000 women and employs an all-female staff. The company is also mother-friendly, providing flexible working conditions including maternity leave, ensuring mothers have a right to a decent job with a market-competitive salary.

Rahet Bally has been awarded the “She Means Business Award” by Facebook, in recognition of their success in transforming a virtual community into a thriving enterprise. Rahet Bally was also recognised as the number 1 Egyptian community on Facebook, and its founder Nadia Gamal El Din has been ranked as one of the top 50 influential women in Egypt as well as one of the top 3 inspiring women in Egypt by Dove. Nadia is also a brand ambassador to several brands in Egypt.

Contact details: Nadia Gamal El Din
Address: 10 Hassan Othman St., El Sefarat District, Nasr City, Cairo
Phone: +201028825555
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Website: https://www.rahetbally.com 

Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:39

Problem: Remote rural communities lack access to energy, clean water and are isolated from the mainstream cash-based economy. 

Solution: Up Trade (Goats for Water) is a solution providing solar powered water pumps through a barter exchange for goats, rather than money in order to ease the economic marginalization of remote communities in Pakistan.

Goals and objectives: To enable smallholder rural farming communities access off-grid electricity and clean water to meet their farming and household, bringing about economic and social prosperity to the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society, improving the quality of life for women and girls through easy access to clean water, energy, and farming inputs.

Implementation: UpTrade was created in 2016 by Fariel Salahuddin, a former power sector consultant with extensive experience in energy policy, finance and project management for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. During her assignment, Ms. Salahuddin visited numerous communities to establish a firsthand understanding of off-grid electricity communities. Ms. Salahuddin discovered that these communities supplement their incomes by raising livestock but faced severe challenges due to scarcity of electricity and access to water for human consumption and livestock.

By reviewing the Benazir Income Support Programme (an unconditional poverty reduction cash transfer program) data, the team at UpTrade discovered that the poorest in these remote communities owned a considerable proportion of goats/sheep, which provided an entry point to develop a poverty reduction program targeting the poorest communities by impacting small animal farming households.

UpTrade provides small-holder farming communities water and electricity access through the use of solar powered water pumps. This creates an alternate cash-less, livestock indexed system, by-passing the cash-based system, enabling local communities to use their livestock as currency, using a digital platform, E-Mandi, to facilitate that exchange. This electronic livestock market platform provides an innovative solution to small-holder livestock farmers and low income households looking for direct access to markets and alternative financing mechanisms.

Through the Goats for Water initiative, the water stressed rural communities leverage their assets and unlock the non-cash liquidity of their livestock to purchase solar water pumps using their livestock as currency. UpTrade’s technical team and product partners design, install and maintain solar based pumping solutions based on the specific water requirements of each community, hydraulic profile of the area and the communities financial capacity.

Access to energy is also a significant challenge for the communities in rural Pakistan. Hence, another initiative, Goats for Solar provides a similar barter financing solution to off-grid rural communities, enabling them to trade their livestock for access to solar energy products and solar micro-grids. UpTrade’s Goats for Solar model grants them access to clean, renewable energy systems and products such as solar lighting, fans, televisions, radios and charging stations for mobile phones.

UpTrades online platform also provides a mechanism for the sale of village assets (goats) as well as an innovative medium for the purchase of goats for the Islamic holiday EID and other religious duties such as Sadqa and Zakat.

Achievements:

UpTrade has provided a faster and more efficient way for women to collect water, allowing free time to focus on education, practicing local handicrafts and other household chores. UpTrade has led to 1,460 hours of labour saved per woman per year, impacting 8,500 women and girls.

The program has allowed for 2,830 families to have access to clean water and energy which greatly improves health and hygiene for all households in impacted villages.

Contact details:

Address: Karachi, Pakistan

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Website: https://www.goatsforwater.com

Monday, 03 February 2020 11:46

Problem: Lebanon faces a national waste management crisis as a result of political influence, population growth, lack of transparency in regulations, and an inconsistent enforcement of laws, which ultimately leads to severe health and environmental impacts.

Solution: Repurposing of organic waste into valuable resources, providing waste management products and services for households, restaurants, academic institutions, commercial establishments, municipalities, non-profit organizations, farms and others.

Goals and objectives: To promote the sound management of organic waste through our low tech and low cost approach that tailors solutions to local economic, social and environmental conditions.

Implementation: Compost Baladi SAL is a Lebanese social enterprise founded in early 2017 by Antoine Abou-Moussa and Marc Aoun in partnership with Fondation Diane; following the national waste management crisis that occurred.

The enterprise comprises of a team of local and international experts who hold extensive experience in public policy consulting, waste and natural resource management, manufacturing and managing environmental development projects.

Compost Baladi provides products and services that promote the local recycling of any bio-waste, anywhere, into a bioresource. Our lines of services include but are not restricted to: the design and operation of municipal composting facilities; consulting and monitoring for municipal composting sites tree trimming and yard waste disposal services; national and regional waste management assessment and feasibility studies and advocacy events at academic institutions, and exhibitions. So far, we have been able to raise awareness on agricultural topics, organic waste management, composting and sorting at source via workshops, vocational trainings and awareness sessions to more than 150,000 people in Lebanon. Our target beneficiaries have been citizens of all ages: residents, schools, universities, municipalities staff, ministries staff and vulnerable communities.

The company has acquired several compost systems for different scales of operation to process organic residuals. They employ Passively Aerated Static Pile (PASP) system, Aerated Static Pile (ASP) to manage very large volumes of materials, and a containerized composting works by modifying shipping container into aerated static pile systems.

Compost Baladi is also a distributor of numerous organic waste management equipment, including wood chippers/shredders and compost thermometers. In addition, they locally manufacture composting bins that facilitate the composting process and empower users to take action whether they live in an urban or rural area. Among our best-seller manufactured units is the Earth Cube composter which empowers users to overcome the space and manual work limitations of composting and manage their organic waste in place.

Achievements: Compost Baladi’s work extends over all Lebanon. We have raised awareness on sorting at source and organic waste management to more than 150,000 people over all Lebanon. Compost Baladi has developed instructional manuals and guidelines for municipal waste management facility operators and technicians. At a municipal level, its service has allowed a minimum of 75% waste material recovery and cuts on 30 to 50% of operational cost. On a farm level, we were able to shift their agricultural practices into an integrated approach and cut on 50% of fertilization. At last, Compost Baladi is a multi-award winning company, among which it received the Green Entrepreneurship Startup Award of the year 2019. We were also nominated at the Middle East Waste and Recycling (MEWAR) Awards 2019.

Contact details:

Address: Sin el Fil – Lebanon, P.O.Box: 55-532

Telephone: +961 1 490 080

Mobile: +961 76 015 280

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Website https://www.compostbaladi.com

Monday, 03 February 2020 11:41

Problem: The International Diabetes Federation finds a growing risk of diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa. Diabetes affects 15% of the entire Egyptian population with 15 million diabetic patients, pre-diabetics, and at-risk individuals who face significant danger of diabetic vision loss.

Solution: Egypt’s first specialized diabetic eye care Centre, as well as its first paper-free healthcare provider, offering digital retina screening, advanced retinal imaging and treatment by highly trained ophthalmologists and paramedics.

Goals and objectives: To effectively preserve the vision of diabetic patients through personalized quality care, state of the art technology and highly trained staff for patients in the Middle East and North Africa.

Implementation: Almouneer Medical Services was launched in 2014 by Dr. Noha Khater, an entrepreneur, professor of Ophthalmology and vitreoretinal consultant at Cairo University and Egypt’s sole female eye surgeon specialized in retinal surgery. Dr. Khater and her IT consultant partner Dr. Rania Kadry sought to introduce a fully digital healthcare system that could track the medical data records of diabetic patients, with the aim of implementing a nationwide diabetic eye care service.

By integrating its IT systems with other healthcare centres, Almouneer was able to provide a fully digitized process including a referring and appointment scheduling app. Since its inception, the eye centre has gone on to become one of the most advanced in Cairo and has doubled its workforce, having recently opened three additional branches.

Almouneer provides a one-stop shop for diabetic and non-diabetic eye treatments. It provides a wide range of ocular services such as digital retina screening, advanced retinal imaging and pattern laser treatments. The eye centre also provides intravitreal treatment which when administered properly and as scheduled, reduces retinal changes (e.g. retinal edema and bleeding) that occur in a diabetic patient and that can lead to blindness.

Dr. Khater’s insists that human and social factors are critical in diabetic healthcare. She advocates education and prevention, advising her patients to effect behavioural changes as a means of managing their diabetic condition. She has established an NGO to advocate for the improvement of the quality of life for diabetics by raising awareness, providing free healthcare and funding diabetes research.

Achievements: Almouneer has served over 20,000 patients who originate from Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Ghana through its three centers in and around Cairo. It has also recently launched its research activities hoping to establish the first diabetic eye research center in the Middle East and Africa. Its founder has been recognised by the Cartier Women Initiative , British Embassy Cairo and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Contact details: Saridar Medical Tower - 92 El Tahrir St. Dokki – Giza Fourth Floor.

Phone: +202 37624276

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Website: http://www.almouneer.com

Problem: Social norms hinders professional opportunities for female engineers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan despite a booming market for qualified engineers.

Solution: An enterprise that promotes opportunities for female engineers by consolidating non-core engineering services in a remote platform.

Goals and objectives: To provide engineering support services for firms operating in the Middle East and North Africa region via a-remote platform.

Implementation: Handasiyat.net was established by Nermin Saad, a trained Jordanian engineer living in Saudi Arabia where her husband worked as a construction engineer, in 2011. Despite Nermin’s qualifications, existing social norms prevented co-mixing between men and women in the workplace thereby hindering her from working in the male dominated construction industry.

Nevertheless for a decade, Nermin successfully supported her husband’s work by providing non-core engineering tasks, such as AutoCAD drawings, calculations, technical translations, or bills of quantities that were prerequisites in every project but could be performed remotely.

Returning to Jordan with her husband, Nermin came to realize that 75 percent of her female engineer friends were unemployed due to the limitations as a consequence of the social norms. Nermin then decided to replicate her experience supporting her husband in Saudi Arabia to develop Handasiya.net, a remote online platform to outsource non-core engineering functions, giving an opportunity to many female engineers to put into use their trainings and earn money for their families. This enterprise capitalizes on the recent trend of outsourcing engineering support services and has built a customized online platform that allows its engineering consultants to provide professional services from the comfort of their homes and boardrooms.

Nermin recognized the immense growth and potential of the construction industry, where close to half a trillion US dollars of projects are currently being implemented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone. Handasiyat.net platform provided a circumvent on cultural limitations, and when physical meetings are needed, a partnership with an all-male engineering company provided the needed interface. Renumeration for Handasiyat’s engineering consultants are made on a simple commission basis for each job contracted.

Handasiyat.net offers professional construction solutions in the rapidly developing and demanding construction industry of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jordan & other countries with the region. The company provides for mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) design, technical translations, cadding, producing bill of quantities (BOQ's), prototyping, and other engineering support services.

Achievements: Handasiyat.net has participated in many construction projects on buildings such as, Hotel, Farm, Mall, School, Commercial Building, Villa, Residential Building, Engineering Specifications Translation, and Sculpture. The business has also provided employment opportunities for about 200 engineers, both female and men and the accomplishments of its founder has been recognized by the 2012 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

Contact details: Al Tarawneh St 70, IPARK, Amman, Jordan

Phone: +962 777855883 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website https://www.handasiyat.net

Monday, 03 February 2020 10:18

Problem: Researches depict that during the precipitation, billions of gallons of rainwater occur over the world, which has huge potential if utilized in the right way. Based on our investigation, approximately 1.5 billion people live in rainy countries, where 33 million of those individuals reside in rural areas in which they have no or very limited access to electricity. Considering that the price of general electricity is 25 euro cent per KWH and 5 euro cents per KWH for solar energy in rainy countries, we create a more affordable and sustainable solution for them.

Solution: The Rainergy is designed to produce electricity from the rain to solve the problem of energy deficiency in rainy and low-income countries. It collects rainwater and transfers its rich potential energy into electricity through the motion created by the wheel. Eventually, electricity is stored in batteries for further implementation. We offer Rainergy product to low-income rural households, who live in remote regions of rainy countries, to have easy access to energy for their daily needs at affordable price. Our device consists of 4 major parts. Rain collector fills the water tank with rainwater which then goes through the electricity generator at high speed and generates the electricity through the motion created by the wheel. Generators work consists of receiving electrical current from the fixed magnetic field formed by the magnetic contour mounted on the base of neodymium, iron, and boron. Then the electricity is stored in the gel battery for further implementation.

Goals and objectives: The main purpose of Rainergy is to increase access to energy for people living in remote regions of rainy countries. The next goal is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air relative to other energy sources. It should be noted that only 10 g of carbon dioxide gas is emitted during Rainergy's creation, which is very small compared to other sources since one of the most common energy sources, Thermal power plants, which uses coal and gas, emits between 350-1100 g CO2 per KWH generated.

Implementation: Rainergy was founded in April 2017 during the ClimatelaunchPad pre-accelerator program, where we worked on the project and built its first 2 prototypes with the help of our mentors. The prototype lightened up only 3 LED lamps, while the second one lightened up 22 LED lamps. After the ClimatelaunchPad program, the Alternative Agency of Azerbaijan assisted us to build the third prototype, which gave us 120 watts of power if the rotor's rotation speed was 180 cycles per minute. Indicators of the 3rd prototype :

• Power: 120 W

• Tension: 12 V

• Electric current: 10A

• Rotor’s rotation speed: 180 cycles / min

Currently, the project is supported by the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Development Bank, and The Global Good Fellowship Program.

Now with the third working version of the Rainergy generator and the 100,000$ amount seed funding stage behind, the next step is to build the 4th prototype and test it in a rainy country like Singapore.

Achievements: The project revenue model has been proven in local and global markets, such as a sustainable and up-to-date business model. The idea itself led Jamalova to earn a place in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List in 2018 and BBC’s 100 Women list in 2018 as the first Azerbaijani to make the lists. Rainergy also made it to the final rounds of the competition at ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business idea competition, Intel ISEF 2019, and Tomorrow of Scientists competition, where it won the first place. Rainergy was first represented globally at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and caused great interest, thus even attracting the attention of Ivanka Trump.

Rainergy then became one of the 32 winners out of the 1576 projects worldwide under the Transform Fund Competition held by the Islamic Development Bank for the first time in 2018. Rainergy also became one of the 25 supporting startups by The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program out of 2600 applicants worldwide in 2020.

Rainergy has been published on several media news including Forbes, UN, Le Figaro, and La Nacion as an affordable, green, and sustainable project.

Budget: Islamic Development Bank and The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program provide the total initial seed in the amount of 100,000$, with former processing 90,000$ and latter providing 10,000$.

Contact details:

Address: Baku, Azerbaijan

Phone: +994 77 460 1364

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Website: https://www.rainergy.co

Problem: Despite rising demand for computer programmers, the Kingdom of Jordan lacks effective mechanisms that bridges the gap between technology and education for children.

Solution: A curriculum and an online learning platform that teaches computer programming to children and adolescents between the ages of 4 to 14.

Goals and objectives: To inspire and develop children’s skills through learning computer programming, which will build a strong base for future innovators, spur ideas, development solutions, entrepreneurs, and employment opportunities.

Implementation: Inspired by the personal experiences of its founder and CEO Hanan Khader, whom at an early age of 10 was captivated by the transformative potential of computer programming in translating her youthful thoughts into functioning projects.

Decades later, Hanan had grown to become a very skilled programmer and renowned tech expert but was taken aback by the limited computer education her own children were learning at school, which led her to wonder “why aren’t children being taught skills that can help shape their future?”. Upon further investigation, Hanan discovered that the existing computer pprogramming languages were unsuitable for children as they were too advanced for kids to learn effectively (e.g. Python, JavaScript) while the simple programming languages created for kids are very basic and limited. She also identified the gap in skills set of school teaches usually caused by market forces where the experienced and qualified programmers are working in the private sector while school teachers were left with outdated technology and limited experience.

With rising demand for programmers, Hanan embarked on a journey to capture new concepts in technology and apply a cutting-edge learning methodology, creating a collaborative environment that evolves into a large community of little innovators equipped with tools for programming, problem solving and analytical skills. In 2015 Hanan established the first educational organization specialized in teaching Computer & Mobile Programming for children between the ages of 6 to 12 named Hello World Kids.

By focusing on five essential aptitudes: computational; logical; analytical; critical and creative thinking, Hello World Kids teaches kids coding in a simple straightforward way, kids also engage in open discussions and learn the proper etiquette and manners during the process. Exciting, thrilling exercises and activities encourage the children and stimulate their creativity. Kids essentially advance in the technological field in a safe and proper manner.

HelloWorldKids has further developed an online personalized learning platform called HelloCode, that teaches programming through a storytelling approach and cartoonish episodes, aligning programming with international educational standards using an innovative methodological approach. HelloCode enable schools and parents to subscribe online, and get access to the digital interactive curriculum, including exercises and collaborations. Every lesson is available in web and mobile formats, to allow students to watch lessons, practice programming, and create their own little programs.

Achievements: Hello World Kids has been recognized as a valuable resource and methodology to teach simplified computer programming for kids. Over 5,000 children in Jordan and Lebanon have acquired programming skills through the curriculum and its integration from 2017 in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Education as a core subject in over 70 schools across Jordan has enabled over 36,000 children to enroll in programming lessons and propelled Hello World Kids success.

Hello World Kids has founded the annual National Little Programmer contest - first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa that brings together students from schools that adopted the Hello World

Kids curriculum to compete in programming events in order to motivate and build awareness to the importance of programming.

Hanan Khader has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Cultural Affairs as a Leader in Technology at TechWomen organization and has represented Jordan in many tech events in Silicon Valley.

Contact details:

Phone: +962 79 9951632

Address: King Hussein Business Park Building No. 23 Floor – 1, Amman , Jordan

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Website https://helloworldkids.org

Saturday, 01 February 2020 04:46

Problem: Marginalization and exclusion of children with development challenges as a consequence of social, cultural, attitudinal and physical obstacles impeding their access to inclusive education.

Solution: A leading technology driven educational center that provides a variety of specialized programs including behavioral therapy, educational support for children and young adults with a variety of learning difficulties, cognitive challenges and developmental delays.

Goals and objectives: To provide an enabling environment for individuals facing various developmental challenges and support them with the necessary life skills, academics, technology, vocational training, coaching and job placement needed for social inclusion.

Implementation: Maharat Learning Center (MLC) was founded by dentist Dr. Hibah Shata whom found it difficult to secure a special nursery school that provides speech and occupational therapy for her autistic daughter under the age of 3. By 2008 Dr. Shata business plan led to the establishment of medical center that provided services to infants with special needs. By 2010 Dr, Shata founded the Child Learning and Enrichment Medical Centre to offer a learning day program for children who were not yet in mainstream schools, and in 2017 her third center, she founded Maharat Learning Centre, a behavioral intervention and school inclusion support service provider to help children succeed in mainstream education. MLC today provides educational support to special-needs children and youngsters up to the age of 25 whom suffer from dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities hindering their inclusion in their communities.

MLC provides individualized educational, development and behavioral assessments, one-on-one behavioral therapy, tutoring, school shadowing, support services and trainings. By employing assistive technology, augmentative alternative communication and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy MLC is able to provide its pupils the academic, social and life skills needed to be integrated in society and succeed in life. MLC’s interventions are also backed up by inclusion support services and shadow teaching during the transition period. A pioneer in the Middle East and North Africa, its services are provided in both Arabic and English which typically last from one to several years. MLC offers an alternative education programme for life skills, with a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:2, for those pupils that are unable to integrate into mainstream schools.

Achievements: MLC campaigning via conferences, symposium’s and workshops has influenced the Dubai school system to integrate special needs children. Dubai is on track to implement its inclusive city 2020 strategy which obliges all its schools to welcome 10 percent student with special needs.

Currently 84 children are enrolled in MLC training programmes which have been certified by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority. 70 percent of MLC students have been included in mainstream schools and its revenue exceeded $2 million and has opened an office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for further expansion.

Dr. Shata is a recipient of several awards, including Dubai Healthcare City Authority’s Award for the Best Pediatric Rehabilitation Centre in 2017, Dubai Health Authority’s Excellence Award in 2018 and its Female Leader of the Year title in 2018, and, in 2019 the global Cartier Women's Initiative Award.

Contact details: Marsa Plaza, HP011, Ground Floor Dubai

Phone: +9714 288 8104

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 04:40

 Problem: New SMEs lack resources to grow: they cannot afford the best management; they compete for human resources with larger corporations which offer fringe benefits, larger remunerations, stock bonuses and larger networks and exposure. Most SMEs also lack resources to employ efficient HRM processes, leading to further challenges, particularly for payroll calculations. In addition, they are excluded from banking systems, leading to cash wages being highly predominant in the private sector, and to lack of access to appropriate employee health insurance options.

Solution: PAYNAS is a cloud platform that provides hassle free banking, HR management, medical insurance and other employee benefits in one place, and in a single workflow.

Goals and objectives: The solution aims to unlock the resources that SMEs need to grow, while promoting the financial inclusion of their employees and enhancing their access to health coverage and other employee benefits

Implementation: paynas was founded in 2018 by Mohamed Mounir in Cairo, Egypt and was part of EFGEV Fintech’s (a Cairo based accelerator that was established as a joint venture between Egypt Ventures & EFG Finance) first cohort. paynas offers services in partnership with Visa International, AXA, and Banque Misr.

Paynas offers more than a regular HR Management cloud platform through the following features:

  • A digital employee & payroll experience: The employers using PayNas don’t have to open bank accounts for their employees as PayNas can provide them with bank accounts through Banque Misr—the bank with the largest branch network in Egypt--and Visa powered Debit & Credit Cards for all the employees.
  • HR Management & Online Payroll: A centralized location where executives can easily manage employees’ documents, onboarding, recruitment, attendance and leave. PayNas also offers geolocation and geofencing features enabling employers to monitor and improve the productivity and efficiency of their teams.
  • Benefits Marketplace: A part of Paynas platform enables the employers to access different benefits (/perks) for their employees at competitive rates.

Achievements: PayNas has won the first place at Seamless North Africa 2019’s pitch competition, receiving $50,000 as cash prize. Paynas was one of five startups that were competing at Pitch-off, a pitch competition at Seamless North Africa, that’s one of the leading financial services and payments events of the region. In addition to being the Pitch by the Pyramids Investment Award Winner in December 2019;  IsDB Transformers Roadshow First Prize Winner, and last round participant at Harvard Business School Arab Weekend Startup Pitch Competition

Contact details:

Address: 4 El Shaheed Ahmed Nabil Street, Zamalek, Giza Governorate, Egypt

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Website: https://www.paynas.com

Saturday, 01 February 2020 04:31

Problem: Climate changes requires coordinated efforts on different levels, including at the level of teaching and training action items for more effective and long-lasting climate adaptation and mitigation plans.

Solution: "Yeni Nesil Binalar için Teknik Eğitim", which means Capacity Development for Future Builders in Turkish is a project to educate educators and teachers, to direct the restricted sector and municipalities in the energy efficiency in Turkey.

Goals and objectives: The Yeni Nesil aims to contribute to the creation of a strong culture on energy efficiency, and prepares the infrastructure for the renewal of low-energy buildings as well as the guidelines for educators in vocational schools and the infrastructure of transferring culture to future generations.

Implementation: The Yeni Nesil project was developed and implemeted by Özyeğin University Center for Energy, Environment and Economy (CEEE) with financial support of the European Union and the Republic of Turkey from September 2017 to September 2018.

It focused on the development of a module to be integrated into the curriculum of vocational and technical schools as well as, creating a roadmap for energy auditing and energy efficient public building renovation in Turkey.

The project contributed to creating a more comprehensive culture around energy efficiency education through trainings of the teachers and lecturers at vocational and technical schools. An artificial intelligence-based chat-bot to help with this was tested during the project.

The project educated teachers in the following areas:

Energy Efficiency Literacy: The Next Generation covers efforts to raise awareness of low-energy buildings in a large number of citizens from different age groups and from different professional backgrounds.

Energy Efficiency Infrastructure: New Generation, Hüseyin Avni Sipahi Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and İMKB Taşdelen Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School and Nesrin Uçmaklıoğlu Vocational and Technical High School buildings carried out a detailed monitoring and examination of energy performance. All data were analyzed and a roadmap was drawn up in light of the guidelines as well as the guidelines per beneficiary.

Energy Efficiency Impact: The guidelines prepared for the Governorship of Istanbul and Çekmeköy Municipality aim to determine the standard and parameters of the zoning legislation and to guide the development of daily construction habits. Trainers of vocational high schools will soon train the technical students who will be professional in the sector and will lead the use of energy efficiency applications in their works.

In the next phase the project aims to transfer the know-how to Southeast Turkey, as it has the highest unemployment rates, whilst housing approximately 1.300.000 Syrian refugees, since the war in Syria. Later on, it plans to transfer the knowledge to other countries such as Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia, where we already have some educational links. 

Achievements: The project prepared guidelines on renovation for low energy buildings, with performing short-term and long-term energy audits in ten selected public schools in collaboration with local energy auditors in Southeast Turkey.

Yeni Nesil was nominated by Türkiye İnşaat Malzemesi Sanayicileri Derneği (İMSAD; Turkish Association of Construction Material Producers) as winner of Investment Awards for the Future 2018.

Budget: EU IPA and Central Finance and Contracts Unit of Ministry of Treasury and Finance, OzU Budget: 50.000,00€, EU Contibution to OzU: %100.

Contact details:

Address: Özyeğin University, Çekmeköy Campus
Nişantepe District, Orman Street, 34794 Çekmeköy -Istanbul

Phone: +90 (216) 564 90 00
Fax: +90 (216) 564 99 99

Website: http://www.yeninesilinsaatcilar.com/en/home/

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