This is a program dedicated to preserving the environment while improving the lives of those who live and work amidst city waste. In poor areas of Cairo, entire families live on trash dumps, earning their livelihood by collecting and sorting the city’s garbage at their homes. These areas are often called “Garbage Cities”. APE offers an opportunity for girls and women from garbage collectors’ families to receive education and training, and engage in income-generating activities. The girls attend literacy classes, so that they can later continue their education. The girls, who are taught either weaving, quilting or paper-recycling, receive income from the products they create.