YAHL EL HAY PARTICIPATORY PROJECT

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR EGYPT

COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROJECTS 2015-2016

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REPORT 2015


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El Obour City- Egypt


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Acknowledgment

PROJECT TEAM Project Directors: Omar Wanas & Insaf Hamrouni Construction Manager: Ahmed Nabil Construction Supervisor: Bassem El Zayet Project Co-ordinators: Tayseer Khairy Graphic Designer: Rowaa Azam

THANKS TO Ministry of Health Health Centre Staff New Urban Communities Authority NUCA City Department El-Obour El Obour Local community Kinder Garten ‘Staff Local NGO for Developement El-Obour Hay 1 Local workers and Craftsmen

AUTHORS Insaf Hamrouni - Ecumene Studio Omar Wanas- Ecumene Studio

PHOTO CREDITS Insaf Hamrouni Ahmed Nabil Omar Wanas Tayseer Khairy

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Forword

This report is a documentation of participatory design and construct project: YAHL EL HAY. The projects took place in 2015 in El-Obour City in GCR.The project is initiated by UNHCR Community Support programs unit (CSP) and supported by Terre des hommes and implemented by Ecumene Studio. Y’AHL EL-HAY aims to support and ensure better access for Syrian and Egyptian communities to services in Obour city. The project entails the upgrade of the District service complex ( health center, Kindergarten) in El Hay EL Awal in Obour and the inertial open area in between through several design interventions that emerged from participatory needs assessment sessions held with the city council, doctors, nurses, PHC staff, Local NGO’s and the actors in the vicinity of the health center. The inclusion process in the project increases throughout its lifetime via team building and trainings workshops yielding direct feedback of the on-going work, enhancing the cohesion among community actors and creating a stronger sense of ownership of the space. The project is in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Solidarity and El Obour City Council.

Omar Wanas Insaf Ben Othmane.H Œcumene Studio

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Content ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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FOREWORD Context Introduction

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The Site Methodology and Approaches

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Development of project sites The project implementation

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Project Construction interventions

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Location of Obour City, Google Earth 2015

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Obour City is a “New Urban Communities” city located 35 km northeast of Cairo in Cairo governorate, on Misr-Ismailia road (See Fig1). The City accommodates around 500,000 inhabitants and expected 600,000 at the horizon of 2017. It has high number of factories and residential areas. The medical centre (Halim Station) is situated in the 1st district and 6th locality considered the heart of the city containing the major services and governmental buildings. According to UNHCR’s statistics, Obour accommodates some 13,000 registered Syrian Refugees. The Public housing is one of the types of housing accommodating Syrian refugees and Middle-income Egyptian families as well.

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facilities and their concentration within

Y’AHL EL HAY is a project that aims to develop and upgrade the Public Health facility in El Hay EL Awal in Obour and the open area surrounding it through several design interventions that emerged from participatory needs assessment sessions held with the city council, doctors, nurses, PHC staff, Local NGO’s and the actors in the vicinity of the clinic. The inclusion in the project will extend throughout its lifetime through team building and trainings workshops yielding direct feedback of the on-going work, cohesion among community actors and a stronger sense of ownership of the space.

less than 200 SQM, in addition to the local community pop-ups activities in the public space, and the easy accessibility to the site emphasised by the future mini-bus station make the Health centre a potential intense population convergence and attractive point. Every element (people/activity or building) and space in the project area has a meaning and singular role to play. The different spaces are inclusive and accommodate both Egyptians and Syrians. The ratio of Syrians to the Egyptians is significantly higher in this locality in comparison to the other districts. The project area fits UNHCR criteria of site selection to strengthen their strategy towards the preservation and expansion of protection space for Syrians.

Introduction

The Health Clinic is located at the city centre where it is easily accessible and is also located in close proximity to cheap shopping venues and for Syrians from the nearby districts of 1st, 2nd and 3rd besides Tarfeehy and Janat Al Ubur who approach the health clinic to get primary health care services and vaccination. The diversity of services and public

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The site - Connecting nodes of human activity The project site includes the Health centre building and its surroundings. The perceptual form of this urban environment is a “Node�: focal point, intersection space. The Health centre is located in an urban square surrounded by housing units, 2 schools (Azhar primary Pilot Institute and El-Obour pilot primary school), khadija Mosque, a buildivng complex containing 2 kindergarten (El-baraeem and Ezzohour), a children library and local NGO offices and juxtaposed to a public garden.

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Kinder-Garten

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The Health Centre as community urban node / Nodes and connexions

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Methodology and Approach

The project is based on a participatory and inclusive approach from day one and throughout the process. The project should be locally owned. We make sure that the key stakeholders, direct and target beneficiaries take part from the beginning in the development of the project and take part in the implementation phase by using innovative ways of collaboration.

Objective(s) and Intended Impact

•Ensure better access to the basic health service •Develop an outreach strategy that identify more community nodes and create places and events for gatherings of Syrians and organised by them •Enhance the communication and visibility of the health centre and expand the health awareness activities.

and achieving childproof measures •To encourage any and all styles of contribution from the community to the project •Building trust and cohesion within the community through enhancing the health centre and participatory design workshop and sessions (Focus groups) •Strong sense of belonging to the neighbourhood by planting the green zone (urban farming)

•Create better space to commute

•To promote healthy lifestyle habits through using social media to raise awareness •Good management maintain the space

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•Enhancing health care service through appropriate designing of space

•Establish child friendly spaces

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Development of project sites of intervention

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-Areas of intervention

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-Approach

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-Project Milestones

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The project implementation

The participatory design session have been followed by another one with the The first participatory design session City directorate to finalise the proposed took place in November, with design. participants from the Ministry of Health, the public space surrounding the clinic, and two kindergartens in the Office of the Social Solidarity Directorate attended the session.

During the whole phases of the project, the team tried to carried out outreach session with local civil society like “Syria El GHad “ in the 3rd district in El Obour to discuss the activation of the outdoor space and user habits of Syrians in outoor spaces in El Obour.

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Project Construction Interventions - The List Health centre -Seating in waiting area -Interior wall and ceiling plastering -Interior door painting and maintenance -Interior iron painting -Ceramic tiles installation on interior walls -Interior electrical works -Replacing glass in broken windows and doors with plastic fibre. -Installing pin boards and small white boards -Installing two LCD screens -Adding enclosure for 2 extra clinics ( gypsum board walls – aluminium doors and windows ) -Installing potable water unit in courtyard -Adding seating elements in Courtyard -Adding rubber flooring to Courtyard -Plantation of courtyard -Ceramic walls in courtyard -Lighting fixtures -Painting of the courtyard -Replacing exiting aluminium film on the courtyard windows -Adding interior signage --Painting of exterior facade

--Painting external iron works --Adding external signs --Adjusting iron works on the ramp and stairs --Adjusting lighting fixtures on the main elevation The community garden -Design and implementation of Playscape -Rubber Flooring ( casting- painting and adding rubber) -Fence plantation -Irrigation system -Entrance doors -External Lighting -Maintenance of flower box -Adding project totem and landmark -Seating elements Kindergarten courtyard -Rubber Flooring ( casting- painting and adding rubber -Shade -Adding playscape elements -Plantation -Painting of interior iron works -Cleaning of exterior facade

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-The Health Centre

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The Kinder-Garten Yard

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-The community garden

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Some selected pictures on the construction works in The Health Centre:

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Health Centre after renovation

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Some selected pictures on the construction works in the kinder garten’s yards:

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Kinder Garten after intervention

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Some selected pictures on the construction works in community garden :

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Community garden after intervention

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Visit https://www.facebook.com/YAHLELHAY

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