Salah Arafa .. The invasion of the desert begins in the village of «Basaisa» in South Sinai
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«Do not give me a fish .. But give me hooks baited with thicker ».. This Chinese proverb famous thought Dr. Salah Arafa, a professor of science at the American University in Cairo, in resolving the crisis, population and solve the problem of unemployment, which prevailed among the youth of Egypt, and was initially in the project village New Basaisa which filed in the Ras Sudr South Sinai, a village which managed the whole of Using renewable energy, based on cooperation among its members in the development of society and the development and use of the latest means of technology in agriculture, and the evolution of new Basaisa reason to re-Arafa his mind and decides to apply the project another in order to serve the community in various categories.
The new location chosen by Arafa to implement the project which will be called «migration to home» was in the area Ibomengar of the oasis of Farafra in South New Valley after it established a civil association of 1,000 acres of desert province known as the Association «Treasures Sinai for economic development» It aims to create a society outside urban residential block, its population consists of ordinary people including him in investing and some of them have the ability to work and the desire to learn, and the society on the basis of solidarity and cooperation among its members in the development and land reclamation using organic manure resulting from waste.
He was able Arafa to gather 150 people only, from the governorates of Minya, Assiut and Cairo and the New Valley, in that spot in order to start from there, his big a «immigration to the inside» through the realization of the dream of every citizen in that acquires a piece of land and built a private home, this dream will be Beginning as Arafa says: «Our goal is to achieve the dream of every citizen to become a has a piece of land owned and the house he lives,
He pointed out that the policy of working within the project comes through two things, first to advance investor has the financial ability to buy land but it is not a full-time work where therefore it will other financially incapable, work it, pointing out that each one is capable of getting on an area of 5 acres to be paid for in installments through his work in the territory of small investors for a sum of money waives a fraction of it to the price of the land in its possession on the that popularized regions, (land of him and of the investor).
This idea began Arafa in the assembly of citizens and began applying his idea, but he says: «The real problem is that citizens are not attuned to the idea and the more we talked to them about the project, although we are not looking for as much money as what we are looking for human effort, we do not find have a desire to do something and here we are trying talk to them through the first draft of the new an Basaisa village, which has already been established.
According Arafa that the project is not difficult to implement and impossible to apply it is enough to have the individual’s ability to work and the desire to learn with the group because it is the discretion of the: «the problem of reclamation in the desert is that we go individual, but our project aims to teamwork and community spirit should not submit someone to do something inside the home, but by others is an objective amounts cooperative heritage and restores tradition that went with the crowd.
What Arafa said about the project and what he sees in the current society make it says: «we are بنهاجر outside Egypt and have engaged in the places where Malinash are right .. Er inhibitor remains We نهاجر the faces of our country and we work in our land, and King .. And the earth in which to sleep wards like any place in the beginning of its establishment to the young that can create its own home after Istsaleh his land.