There is an area of Cairo known to many foreigners as Garbage City. This area gets its name because, as you can probably guess, there is a lot of garbage there. Over the years, the people of this community bought many of the garbage routes in Cairo and found ways to recycle the garbage they collected. Nowadays, this resourceful community thrives by recycling 85% of what they collect.
I’ve been to this community twice now (once with coworkers from school and another time with my family), and it’s found a special place in my heart. Both times I have been there, the people have been extremely welcoming. My favorite place to go when I visit is the Children’s Club – a nursery and school for the children in the area.
For more information on this amazing place, please visit the website of the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE – http://www.ape.org.eg). Some of the photos below are from this organization’s headquarters in this area. They train women to make things, such as quilts, rugs and paper, from recycled goods.
You will also see photos of the cave churches in this area and some graffiti that we passed in Tahrir Square on our way home.