We recently recruited a new Rep in El Minya named Nagy. Soon after he joined Coptic Orphans, Nagy’s nephew was kidnapped, and the kidnappers asked for a ransom of 500,000 Egyptian Pounds – an amount that only a handful of Egypt’s elite has access to.
Nagy was devastated. There’s no possible way he could come up with this money. Nonetheless, the feelings of helplessness didn’t grind him to a halt. Every night after work he would get on his motorbike to visit fatherless households in nearby villages. He never missed any of his home visits.
When we called Nagy to see if there was anything we could do, he told us, “no thank you; you already did so much.”
We were confused. “When?” Continue reading
Her life was about as difficult as one can imagine. Sixteen-year-old Hala lost her father in 2008. She was living with her mother and two siblings in Helwan, (near Cairo) on a mere 170 Egyptian pounds ($28) per month from her father’s pension. Her little sister was daily made fun of at school for being an orphan. Her brother ended up with the wrong crowd and became addicted to drugs. Continue reading
Education in Egypt is teacher-directed. Children aren’t given room to ask questions and merely repeat what their teacher tells them. Such a classroom environment does not foster creativity or promote learning. As we celebrate World Teachers’ Day today, here’s a shining example of a teacher who made a difference.