Supporting Bedouin communities in South Sinai

Despite its beauty, rich history and remarkable biodiversity, Sinai is not an easy place to live. The nomadic Bedouin have found a way to survive in the desert for thousands of years, a fragile existence always on the margins, but recent political upheavals have posed new challenges and families depending upon tourism for their livelihood are now struggling to cope.

Wind Sand & Stars continues to bring direct trade to the Bedouin by providing much-needed work on our desert journeys. Many clients return touched by the incredible welcome and hospitality they have enjoyed and ask us how they can best help.

Established in 2006 to provide support for the Bedouin communities, the South Sinai Foundation is a charity comprised of British, Egyptian and Bedouin partners that work together towards the sustainable development of Bedouin communities throughout the region. It was founded by Dr Hilary Gilbert who has spent a considerable amount of time in South Sinai based at St Catherine, working collaboratively to support sustainable, culturally appropriate and environmentally friendly development based on sound research.

The website for their partner Community Foundation for South Sinai gives examples of their work and donations can be make through a link to their just giving page:


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A unique experience and a privilege to share the Bedouin’s way of life, for a short time.

Guest, Sinai Summits, April 2019

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Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

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Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

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Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017

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Cunningham family, Jordan, April 2017

So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine’s; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!

Julia Palmer, St Catherine’s Retreat, February 2017

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