Coptic Orphans

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Issues: Children & Youth, International

Location: PO Box 2881 Merrifield VA 22116 USA

Mission: Mission: To unlock the God-given potential of fatherless children in Egypt, and equip them to break the cycle of poverty and become change-makers in their communities. DID YOU KNOW? Egypt is home to two out of three Christians in the Middle East, and one of the world’s oldest Christian community—dating back to the time of the apostles, the Coptic Orthodox Church. 40% of the population of Egypt lives on less than $2 USD a day. 29% of children have stunted growth due to malnourishment. One out of four households in Egypt are headed by women, many of them widows with little education or ability to provide for their children. Coptic Orphans works in Egypt, where World Vision and Compassion can't. Don't let Egypt's children be forgotten. Will you join us to "bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause" (Isaiah 1:17 ESV) in Egypt, the land where Jesus himself was once a child in need? Our Story: When a young Egyptian-American named Nermien Riad visited Egypt in 1988… She found a nation that, despite a rich heritage and much foreign aid, still grappled with widespread poverty and illiteracy. Appalled at conditions in the orphanage where she volunteered, she was astonished to learn that many children ended up there because extreme poverty had forced their mothers to abandon them to institutions after the loss of the family’s father. She knew she had to do something for fatherless children in their own families, where they in turn could best affect their communities. From her efforts grew Coptic Orphans. Today, we stand where our founder began: with feet firmly planted both in native Egypt and in nations of Diaspora around the world. We leverage worldwide professional expertise and global resources so that the children of Egypt can break the cycle of poverty for themselves and others . We focus on building long-term relationships between people to bring lasting transformation. Working with children and their families on an individual basis through personal relationships acknowledges that one size doesn’t fit all, and that an absence of loving relationships leads to the greatest poverty of all—spiritual poverty. Our programs: The Not Alone Program In our flagship program, Not Alone, fatherless children are connected to the resources and support they need to foster their development into educated, empowered, responsible and caring adults. Each child has a personal relationship with one of nearly 300 volunteer representatives appointed by the Church, who serves as an advocate and mentor to the child and the family. As a sponsor, you can enter into a vital and inspiring relationship with a fatherless child, while supporting the overall program that serves many children. The Valuable Girl Project The Valuable Girl Project grew out of the recognition that girls play a key role in transforming communities, and breaking the cycle of fatherlessness that contributes to material and spiritual poverty. Girls at risk of dropping out of school are paired with older girls in peer-mentoring relationships that build self-esteem and promote academic retention and access to civil and social rights. Join the Coptic Orphans Family Sponsor a child and begin a journey of transformation together. Donate, and experience riches that don’t come from possessions. Visit us in Egypt, and see first hand how God has not forgotten His children there. Join Serve to Learn, and immerse yourselves in the world of our children in Egypt, leading enriching activities, and unlocking potentials. Tell your friends who have a special place in their hearts for orphans in the world that Egypt’s fatherless need them. Share your passion with your church, family, or group by organizing a gathering to hear about God’s heart for the fatherless in Egypt. We will help.

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