It’s been great working with Coptic Orphans — our project in Egypt. I received a letter from the organization which included a picture that one of the children drew just for me. Many of the children at this organization have never corresponded with anyone, cannot write a letter or struggle with what to say or how to say it. For this child, his picture spoke louder than words of his personality, positivity — and it put a huge smile on my face!
In the letter that I wrote back, I told him that I have a son his age. In fact, I included a picture that my son made for him. I told him of my dream to one day bring my son to Egypt and hoped for the possibility of meeting someday. I can’t wait for the next letter or picture. The children at this organization are truly wonderful.
I’m so excited that the Egypt project is officially up and running. We are working now with a great organization — the Coptic Orphans — which has helped more than 20,000 children since its inception more than 20 years ago.
The “Coptic Orphans” are wonderful, disadvantaged children at risk of severe poverty and injustice and we are thrilled to now be a part of their lives and hopefully help them find their way toward bright and better futures.
Our Egypt team has lately been sponsoring five children from Coptic Orphans. Through pen-pal letters, we are introduced to their personalities as they tell us about their hobbies and hopes and so far it has been a lot of fun for all of us.
We are also funding the Coptic Orphans’ Valuable Girl Project, a great Big Sister type program that encourages young disadvantaged girls in the organization to apply themselves to their school work and aim to attend college and create (and believe in attaining) dreams — something many girls in some areas of Egypt are discouraged from.
To learn more about this great new initiative, check out the new Egypt project page.