The Environment

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Garbage is one of Egypt's greatest problem. Baharia is no different. All rubbish is simply thrown on to the street, left on the kerbside or somehow shifted to unofficial dumps, sometimes to be burnt or blown away by the wind.

In the fragile environment of the oasis and especially the desert were almost no rain falls during the year nothing decomposes. This results in an accumulation of garbage. Some gets buried in the sand but most of it just accumulates in deserted areas or in the streets. In the last couple of years the hotel owners and safari organizers have formed a NGO (non-government organization) to organize one cleaning day during spring and one during fall. This NGO has now grown and new branches have developed to deal with other environmental and health issues of the Oasis.

Earth Day

Every year on Earth Day the Bahariya NGO organizes a cleaning party to clean up the villages as well as the White Desert National Park. Volunteers from the Oasis, Cairo and countries around the world come to help clean the area. During 5-7 days one group go to the White Desert National Park, in the villages people gather to clean up and mend broken streets and houses, etc. If you are interested in coming to help us please contact us!

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A cleaning party in the White Desert National Park

Second Hand Shop

The income per family in the Oasis is usually low and even though most people want to take care of them selves a little help is always welcome. The NGO is starting a Second Hand Shop were reused clothes can be bought at low cost, as well as toys, house hold items, etc. If you wish to donate clothes, especially children's clothes, and have some extra room in your luggage, please bring it with you when you come for your next visit! All profits will go to a project for teaching children about their environment and how to appreciate and care for the amazing nature around them.

Future Projects

Later this year another NGO-store will open selling local handicrafts produced in the Oasis as well as local products such as olive oil, dates, bread, etc. Other projects are waiting to be organized in the future, such as improvement of heath and health care.

Want to help?

If you want to support us or volunteer for any of our projects, please contact us via info@goldenvalleysafari.com or BahariyaOasisNGO@yahoo.de or take a look at the Bahariya NGO homepage.


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