Copts Are Targets. Here’s How We Are Protecting Them

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By the grace of God, and thanks to your efforts, I have good news to share.

As you know, in many areas of Egypt, our brothers and sisters in Christ have been suffering because their unsecured homes offer no protection from a surge in kidnappings and robberies. This lack of safety has left whole families in real danger, and caused everyone — from parents to children — to lose sleep and live in fear.

This is the good news: For 33 families and 82 children, thanks to the efforts of generous donors, there has been real and enormous change. Their homes in Assiut are now secured by strong doors and windows, and new ceiling fans are making it easier for them to sleep indoors, in safety, during the stifling summer nights.

The project to secure these families began in February 2014, at a time when kidnappings, robbery, and other armed violence were common in Egypt. This insecurity persists, and Copts are still prime targets. But as the mother of one of these families told us, “We’re feeling secure now and we can sleep well.”

The project has even had an impact on spiritual life. Many families who had feared leaving home to attend liturgy because of break-ins are returning to the pews. “We’re going to church without being afraid, because we’ve got a good locked door on the house,” one mother told us.

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I’d like to share with you this report, which gives a detailed description of the transformation that has been achieved through this project. You can download a copy by clicking on the cover above, or here.

As always, thank you for your love and prayers for the children.

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.