I participated in Coptic Orphans' Serve to Learn program in 2011 and I can honestly say that they have one of the most locally entrenched infrastructures of any nonprofit of its kind that I have ever seen. Because they work so closely with the Coptic Church in Egypt, a church that is fully enmeshed in the lives of its congregation, they have a unique ability to reach those truly in need in every community they work.
The programs that most impressed me were their Valuable Girl Project and the Serve to Learn program. Valuable Girl Project is one of a kind in the Middle East. It is a program that tries to accomplish several great goals at once. At its core, it is a simple big sisters program focused on academic achievement, but how it works makes it so much more. Valuable Girl Project pairs up both Christian and Muslim girls together in an after school homework help program in an environment that allows for real understanding and deep connections. For many of these girls, this is the very first time they have ever crossed that deeply entrenched religious divide . The stories that come out of this program are heartening in the midst of the ever worsening tempest of the religiously intolerant Middle East.
The second program that I was really impressed with was the program that I personally participated in, Serve to Learn. I have participated in service trips through my university and understand that the long term goals of these trips is usually the inculcation of civic duty in students after they return. The same is true of Serve to Learn, except that it the goal of this trip is increase the feeling of duty towards Egypt in general and the Coptic community more specifically. This goal is near and dear to me as I am myself Coptic and find the possibility of losing my Coptic identity and heritage difficult to swallow. I see so many cultures and people become assimilated into the American melting pot and cannot but praise an organization that tries so hard to help a group maintain its identity.
Coptic Orphans is a one of a kind organization that urge all to support.
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