All posts by Nathan Hollenbeck

About Nathan Hollenbeck

Nathan joined Coptic Orphans in 2006. It was his response to a call to help return Egypt's hospitality to the Holy Family on behalf of Christ Emmanuel and the Theotokos, after they changed his own life as a youth. He has a passion to fulfill God's command to "bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause." (Isaiah 1:17, ESV)

Coptic Diaspora: Building Another Pyramid for Egypt

The Diaspora Engagement Alliance, a partnership between the US Department of State, USAID, and the Migration Policy Institute, recently published a post on the work of Coptic Orphans.

The Great Pyramids of Giza represent the biggest cornerstone of Egyptian pride. If you attend any of our gatherings, you will hear at least one person appeal to the pyramids as proof that Egyptians can do great things again if they just work together.

Coptic Orphans has created a three-tier model for building a new Great Pyramid of diaspora-based development in Egypt. Through child sponsorship and a network of hundreds of village-based volunteers, our programs help fatherless children stay in school  and reach their  full potential.

Read the full post at the Diaspora Engagement Alliance website here.


B’edaya: The Results

A big factor in Egypt’s orphan issue is that when a family loses the father, they’re sunk. Traditions do not usually give a widowed mother the opportunity to be able to earn money to support her family. In fact, widows wear black and stay at home, out of the way.

Last year we launched a new micro-credit project for widowed mothers in Egypt. We called it B’edaya, Arabic for “with my own hands.” The goal? Give widowed mothers with children in our flagship program Not Alone ideas, interest-free loans, and training so they can start projects to help their families become financially independent.

The first results are in. Continue reading