Welcome to the Community Foundation for
Sustainable help for Bedouin communities.
South Sinai is a beautiful place, rich in history, religion and nature.
People have lived here for thousands of years. Bedu have traditionally followed semi-nomadic lives, moving seasonally in the desert
with flocks of sheep and goats, cultivating gardens, hunting and fishing. In modern times, most Bedouin have come to rely
on paid employment, mostly through tourism, but recent political changes have made this work very insecure.
Sinai is not an easy place to live. In the desert, life can be
isolated and many Bedu lack access to any basic services or employment. With
little or no social security to fall back on, many people are
struggling to cope with changes brought about by climate
change, commercial expansion and political upheaval.
The Community Foundation for South Sinai is a charity registered in Egypt that works with Bedu to promote sustainable development in South Sinai.
We want lasting benefits for Bedouin communities.
We are a small, largely voluntary organization, made up of Bedouin, Egyptian and British partners.
We share a commitment to sustainable, culturally appropriate and environmentally friendly development based on sound research.
Many well-meaning development projects have failed in Sinai because people coming from the outside don't
understand the landscape or the needs of its people as well as Bedouin themselves do.
We work hard to hear what local people tell us, so we only fund projects that will be really useful and that Bedouin people want.
Please browse our site: if you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to get involved, we would be happy to hear from you.
You can also find out about our UK partner organization, the South Sinai Foundation
Site Design by Bradley Burns
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