September 2016 – Coptic Orphans
The donation of September 2016 goes to:
Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organisation that has touched the lives of over 30,000 children in Egypt since 1988.
“Coptic” Means Egyptian Christian, and Coptic Orphans is the fruit of the indigenous Christian community of Egypt with its ancient way of life that goes all the way back to the first century.
Coptic Orphans works in 55 dioceses in Egypt, in close partnership with each local bishop, who also guides in areas of local need and nominates new volunteers.
Bishops from the Coptic Orthodox Church from all levels have expressed their support and encouragement for their work, including His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, who told them, “As it says in the midnight prayers, you ‘remember those who have no one to remember them’.”
The current pope, His Holiness Tawadros II, said in a meeting where he blessed the work of Coptic Orphans: “Coptic Orphans is a model that we hope all the Church services will follow.”
Outside Egypt, they have also led in the groundbreaking study of the Coptic Diaspora, and its engagement with Egypt.
When most people think of “orphans”, they think of children in orphanages who have no family at all.
In fact, many orphanages in Egypt are filled with children who have families, only because their widowed mothers cannot afford to feed them.
This is an injustice.
Coptic Orphans focuses on the children most likely to face the deadly combination of poverty and social injustice, but who have the greatest potential to change their lives and the lives of others.
Through child sponsors and a network of hundreds of village-based volunteers, churches, and organisations, their programs help children stay in school (and stay with their families) until they unlock their full potential.
They make a covenant with orphaned families in Egypt to stay with a child until the end of their highest education, as long as they also work hard to make full use of every possible educational opportunity they have.
[text mostly ‘borrowed’ from http://www.copticorphans.org/about-us ]