Jarvis Jackson joined Coptic Orphans in 2010 because he wanted to use his creativity to help others. He has a passion for International Development and the Middle East. Egypt holds a special place in his heart after he spent six months at the American University in Cairo learning Arabic and Egyptian culture.
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On Sunday, October 30, over 200 guests filled the St. George Orthodox Center in Ontario Canada for our Walking With Him Fundraising Dinner.
The theme of the night was Walking with Him to illustrate the need to walk in faith with God through all of the uncertainties in Egypt. Fr. Pishoy Salama of St. Maurice & St. Verena, as well as Fr. Rueiss Awad, Fr. Joseph Louca, and Fr. Mikhael Armanios of St. George & St. Rueiss came to support the event with their attendance.
In addition to the dinner and discussion about Coptic Orphans’ work, guests were treated to a word and prayer by Fr. Rueiss. Abouna Rueiss spoke on the importance of unity through this rough time in Egypt. His words that resonated with the theme of the night:
We must never separate from our homeland Egypt, we are totally together in the Body of Christ…we have to remember that the problems in Egypt are permitted from God because He is the one in control. We have to remember that God is the one who looks after everything.
Aziz* is often the only person in his classroom. “The teachers normally don’t show up, and the other students never come regularly. I come because I want to learn and better myself.”
In other parts of Egypt students deal with overcrowded classrooms. Coptic Orphans has discovered that education is the key to pulling families out of poverty. But the Egyptian educational system is giving few of our children a chance to succeed.
Coptic Orphans workshops teach children a wide range of concepts, from personal hygiene to values about respect and tolerance. We ensure that our children are aware of the events happening in their own back yard with the ever-changing environment in Egypt, instead of sheltering them. After the Egyptian Revolution, workshops encouraged widowed mothers and older children to take an active role in their future. Now we continue to reinforce civic responsibility and pride through our age-appropriate workshops about unity.