65,000 children’s lives transformed
100% of our children enrolled in school
Working in 700 villages across Egypt
The coronavirus crisis is tearing through the communities of Egypt’s most vulnerable children, spreading hunger, illness, and deepening poverty.
It’s a terrible crisis. But the Not Alone program was built for precisely this moment.
Not Alone’s 550 specially trained, Church-based volunteer Reps have decades of experience supporting the widowed mothers and fatherless children. Together, they’ve overcome many crises, from mob violence to church bombings.
In fact, Coptic Orphans’ work has always been about preparing the children and mothers for big crises, through everything from mental health workshops to training in personal hygiene.
It’s this focus on strong relationships and preparation that makes the program unique. Not Alone delivers long-term disaster resilience, not short-term disaster relief that dries up afterwards.
As the current crisis rages, in 700 villages in 60 dioceses, the Reps are supporting the families to survive illness, overflowing hospitals, and soaring food prices.
The program has the short-term of objective of making sure the children and mothers make it through the current crisis. This all-out response to the coronavirus includes:
- three-month emergency advance for food and other critical expenses
- urgent medical care
- protective masks, hygiene kits, and training
- trauma and mental health support
It’s critically important that we support the children in the short term. But it’s the long-term ways you can make a difference that are even more important.
Through supporting Not Alone by sponsoring an individual child or donating, you can change the life of an orphaned Coptic child by making it possible for them to stay in school, lift themselves out of poverty, and succeed in life. The goals of Not Alone are to provide each child with access to the very best education, nurture their spirit of volunteerism, and develop their well-rounded character so they can break the cycle of poverty, live fulfilling lives, and one day, change their communities and Egypt.
Children enrolled in Not Alone are more likely to complete their secondary education than their peers. We strive for the development of all parts of the child, including character, physical and mental health, as well as a service-minded orientation by nurturing the child’s spirit. We work closely with the Church servants, our field staff in Egypt, and the clergy. We value your love, prayers, and support.
Not Alone builds a loving relationship between the sponsor and child, in recognition that we are all One Body in Christ. Sponsors’ prayers, letters, and other encouragement boost the child’s happiness and self-confidence, helping them to grow up to be healthy, well-rounded people and community leaders.
All it takes is the support of one caring adult like you to enable the Reps to follow up with the child regularly, making sure that basic needs are met, planning all facets of the child’s education, and mentoring them wherever and whenever they need guidance. In normal times, this takes places through regular visits to the child’s home; under the pandemic, the Reps are making calls and stopping by to drop off hygiene kits and food allowances according to strict social distancing procedures.
Even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, we hope to keep the focus on the long-term ways in which education can change each child’s life. Not Alone participants are winning prestigious scholarships for higher education. At times the number of scholarship winners has even doubled from year to year! This comes as an important result of your giving, which has prepared Not Alone scholarship candidates with private lessons, study skills workshops, coaching on applications, and constant mentoring and encouragement.
Our young scholarship winners, from some of Egypt’s poorest Coptic communities, are receiving full financial support to enroll in top universities like the American University in Cairo and the British University. When you help Not Alone, you are helping even more fatherless Copts to rise from the poorest communities to the best universities.
Please stand with the children in Not Alone in this hour of their greatest need. By doing so, you are doing more than helping them survive COVID-19. You are equipping them with the resilience and education they’ll need succeed in the long term.
Here are some ways you can make a difference:
Give a Tablet
Are you passionate about changing the children’s lives through programs like Not Alone?
In this period of the COVID-19 crisis, as cases spike in Egypt, Coptic Orphans is striving to make the work for the children faster, more efficient, and more life-saving.
With your help, we can reach that goal by equipping the field staff and our 550 specially trained, Church-based volunteers with tablets.
To learn more about the important difference your generosity can make, please click here.