Though it’s become lost in a haze of social collapse and political one-upsmanship, the January 25th Revolution reminded us about a lot of Egypt’s better intangible qualities. Violence caused a huge strain on Cairo’s already rickety hospitals, leaving a handful of chest-beating medical heroes to set up temporary hospitals around Tahrir and pop-up blood donation centres across the city – because no cliche rings truer in Egypt than, if you want it done right, do it yourself.
Subsequently, several non-profit, socially conscientious initiatives have popped up over the last few years, the latest and most interesting being Law 3andak Dam.
Founded in 2011 by Hisham Kharma, Law 3andak Dam is a unique online service that matches blood donors with those in need of blood - in the non-vampiric sense, of course.
Patients fill out a simple application form online and the request is broadcast across Law 3andak Dam's social media platforms. The website has hundreds upon hundreds of donors on its directory and has received backing and support from around the region.
For more info, check out the Law 3andak Dam website.