WHAT IS THE STIGMA WITH BEING AN ORPHAN IN EGYPT?
Since adoption is not an option in Egypt, being an orphan carries a stigma. They often seen as unworthy with no chance of success. In a society that heavily emphasizes the family unit, the inability to attain acceptance is a difficult burden to bear
WHERE WILL WE GET THE CHILDREN THAT WILL LIVE IN OUR HOME?
Referrals from local NGOs, Religious institutions and Orphanages who are unable to accept them
WHO WILL BE THE CHILDREN THAT WILL JOIN YOUR HOME?
After conducting research for years with various NGOs, mental health professionals and early childhood development specialists, we have come up with specific criteria for accepting children into our home. In summary, we will accept children who have lost one or both parents to: Death, Prison, Abandonment.
HOW OLD ARE THE KIDS YOU ARE TAKING IN AND HOW MANY?
Soon, we will take in our first 24 girls under the age of 5 who will live in our home.
WHY ARE YOU ONLY ACCEPTING GIRLS?
There are concerns surrounding mixed-gendered homes one building. Orphans are a highly marginalized group in Egypt. Amongst them females are even more marginalized. Our goal is to target the most high-risk individuals in this community, and that means a focus on girls. “women hold up half the sky.” It is no secret that the success of women is directly correlated with the success of a community. In other words, to change a village, you must change the woman.
HOW MANY KIDS CAN THE HOME HOUSE?
At full capacity our home will house 150 children. 15 mother figures & 15 aides.
WILL IT FEEL LIKE AN INSTITUTION?
Divided into apartments, our home is nothing like an institution. Each apartment is a separate home within a home that includes 1 room for the mother, 3 rooms that will house 3 girls each, and a common area for them to share. Each apartment is a family home which is part of the larger home.
WILL YOU HAVE A SCHOOL ON SITE?
No, there will not be a school on site. There are many rooms in the building for activities. Athletics and the arts are an imperative aspect of achieving our mission
UNTIL WHEN WILL YOU EDUCATE THE GIRLS?
We will support our girls' education through college.
AFTER COLLEGE WHERE WILL THE GIRLS GO?
After completing college, we will be there for the girls' transition into the working world (or the marriage world). We are planning to have more independent living for them, but women living on their own in Egypt is not yet socially accepted. We will, of course, guide them in getting work or starting their own businesses. If they would like to stay in the home and work with us there, that would be welcomed.
WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL YOU HAVE FOR THE GIRLS?
We have an art room, music room, sports field, computer room, and library, to name just a few. Volunteers will be providing all sorts of lessons, both group and one on one, in these areas. We will be there to encourage and guide them to find their talents and passions.
THE SERVICES IN YOUR HOME CAN ACCOMMODATE MUCH MORE THAN 150 GIRLS, WHY IS THAT?
Our home was designed with future projects and expansion in mind. When we build or next home on site, we will be able to use all the services from our current home to serve both. Also, we are planning on not just using these services for the children living in our home, but for other children in Egypt who are in need.