ARDF Contributions Help Egyptians During Recent Unrest

Love you! (In Egyptian Sign Language)

Church of the Deaf, Cairo, Egypt

During the 18 days of unrest in Egypt in February, Egyptians paid a heavy price especially the poor and disadvantaged. Mrs. Mariam Ibrahim, the Director of the Diocese of Egypt Community Development Centres said that following the crisis “most of the people who came to our centres these days have lost their jobs. Every day people come to us crying as they don’t have money to buy food and cannot provide for their families.”

The Diocese of Egypt provided food packages through many of their churches and ministries and through the community development centres. With your generous contributions, they purchased rice, four kinds of beans (brown beans, lentils, peas and white beans), pasta, oil, vegetarian butter, tea and sugar. The Church of the Deaf, Old Cairo, was one of those churches distributing food. Archbishop Mouneer Anis said that he “was especially touched to see how the Deaf Community came together in Old Cairo to prepare the bags for those in need. Thank you for supporting Muslims and Christians in Egypt through the current crisis. We appreciate your partnership!” The Anglican Relief and Development Fund was proud to be part of this partnership.

Many of the families receiving aid said that they preferred to earn their living and have sustainable income rather than be given food weekly. The Diocese of Egypt is now providing micro-loan opportunities for small businesses impacted by the crisis through their Community Development Centres, and the results have been very positive in helping the poorest of the poor following the crisis.

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