Goodwill, modesty and benevolence are three things that anchor the meaning behind Ramadan and many use the month for the chance to contribute to charitable causes. Perhaps finding the proper organization into which one could contribute time, effort or money is what's challenging; on one hand, there are lots of initiatives out there, but ensuring that your good deeds go to those who really need it, is another issue all together.
Covering everything from medical institutions to initiatives that aim to combat issues such as poverty, unemployment and illiteracy, we've compiled ten charities that deserve your time and attention.
Egyptian Food Bank
Aspiring to have a free-from-hunger Egypt by 2020, the Egyptian Food Bank is an NGO that specializes in solving the massive hunger problem existing in Egypt today. The projects they currently work on include Iftar Sa'im – 'Break a Muslim's Fast' – and 'Sak Al Odhiya'- 'Charity Money for Bairam Meat'. To find out more information on Egyptian Food Bank's projects and how you can donate, call 16060 or visit their Facebook page here.
Egyptian Healing Bank
A sister organisation to Egyptian Food Bank, the Egyptian Healing Bank is an institution aiming primarily at supporting patients unable to afford their medical expenses. The organization is currently working on "A Cure for Production" – a campaign established to fight Egypt's chief pandemic, Virus C, by the year 2020.
Nahr El Kheir
Translating to something like, 'River of Peace/Goodness', Nahr El Kheir's core objective is to provide rural villages across Egypt with clean water access. The initiative's first campaign started in November 2012 and saw the group installing water in over 1000 houses in one of Fayyoum's underprivileged villages. To find out more about this initiative, visit their Facebook page here or call 19054.
Association of Friends of the National Cancer-free Initiative (AFNCI)
An NGO dedicated to fighting cancer, by providing treatments for patients and spreading awareness on cancer and ways to prevent it, AFNCI is the association responsible for the direct development and support of '57357 Children Cancer's Hospital'. AFNCI also collaborates with the National Cancer Institute and can be reached at 19663 or on their Facebook page here.
Dar Al Orman Association
One of Egypt's leading charitable institutions, Dar Al Orman is involved in several projects including orphanages, home cares for the disabled and the elderly, as well as providing access to housing, electricity, and clean water in over 76 underprivileged villages in Egypt. Dar Al Orman can be reached on this number 19455 or their Facebook page right here.
One of Egypt's leading charitable institutions, Dar Al Orman is involved in several projects in including orphanages, home cares for the disabled and the elderly, as well as providing the less fortunate with electricity and clean water in over 76 underprivileged villages in Egypt. Dar Al Orman can be reached on 19455 or their Facebook page here.
A leading institution within the field of development in Egypt, Sona3 El-Hayah aspires to overcome what they call the 'Triangle of Challenges' – poverty, illiteracy and diseases. Sona3 El-Hayah is currently working on a campaign called 'A 1000 Lives'; an initiative which aims to change the lives of 1000 Egyptian families living below the poverty line by creating jobs and a stable income for them. Sona3 El-Hayah can be reached on 16563 or through their Facebook page.
Possibly the most known NGO with 15 branches across Egypt, Resala cultivates different charitable and developmental projects including Ramadan food packages, nurturing orphanages and supporting the underprivileged. Resala has also established several developmental projects including a tissue product line to create income for orphans, literacy projects in several areas across Egypt providing reading and language courses for the visually impaired and many others. You can find out more on their website here or by calling 19450.
Misr El Kheir
Another leading NGO aiming to fight poverty, illiteracy and unemployment, Misr El Kheir has invested in several developmental projects over the years, including training individuals to become professionals in the fields of health, commerce, agriculture, science and research and a number of other developmental projects to improve the quality of life of many underprivileged Egyptians. Misr El Kheir can be reached on this number 16140 or through their website here.
Ma3an for Slum Development
An Egyptian NGO whose goal is to develop slum areas, Ma3an works on both raising awareness of Egyptians about slum areas across the country, as well as working on restructuring the real-estate and abandoned buildings in slum areas. Ma3an can be reached on their website here or on 16164.
1M Dreams (One Million Dreams)
Another NGO in the field of development, 1M Dreams aspires to help one million families to escape life below the poverty line by providing them with a stable income. 1M Dreams can be reached on Facebook or on 01140603331.