Coptic Orphans Visits U.S. East Coast Churches for Martyrs Feast, Coptic New Year

Abouna Guirguis Tadros of St. George Church, Cabin John, MD and Michel Awad, Coptic Orphans relations donor associate.
Abouna Guirguis Tadros of St. George Church, Cabin John, MD and Michel Awad, Coptic Orphans relations donor associate.

We have many great traditions in our Church, where we come together as one family and celebrate our shared pride in our Coptic heritage.

Many Coptic Churches recently celebrated the Martyrs Feast (El Nyrooz) and the new Coptic year. They had their annual festivals and the final summer Sunday school ceremonies.

Coptic Orphans staff members from our U.S. office were there celebrating these special events with our brothers and sisters. It was also a great blessing to spread the word and invite them to our 25th Anniversary Gala celebrating the children of Egypt. We visited and posted our Gala invitation at the following churches.

I’m excited that, as Coptic Orphans continues to grow, we’re visiting more churches and being visited at our U.S. office by more members of the clergy. These face-to-face connections with our community, by God’s grace, are one way that Copts in the diaspora can really get to know and feel what children in Egypt are experiencing today.

We’re very grateful to have had the chance to visit these churches, and to spend time with the abounas and members of the congregations.

I hope you’ll be part of the Gala celebrations as we launch our next 25 years of transforming lives in Egypt! To learn more about the Galas in the United States (Saturday, Oct. 11 in Reston, VA) and Australia (Sunday, Nov. 9 in Lilyfield, NSW) please visit our web page, where tickets can be purchased online. Tickets for the Gala in the U.S. may also be obtained by contacting Gala Director Elise Ravenscroft at or 202-531-0862.

About Nermien Riad

Nermien Riad founded Coptic Orphans in 1988 after volunteering for an orphanage in Cairo. When she saw that most of the children had living widowed mothers who simply couldn't afford to feed them, she gathered family and friends to sponsor children in Egypt. Today Coptic Orphans works through a network of 400+ church-based volunteers in Egypt, who visit fatherless families in their homes and make sure they get everything they need to unlock their full potential. That way, they don't have to get married off as child brides, work as 10-year old family breadwinners, or go to live at an institutional orphanage.