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The Cairo Guide to Charities in Ramadan 2011

The Cairo Guide to Charities in Ramadan 2011
    written by
    Lauren Lutz

    While no
    food bag or cheque goes unappreciated in times of need, if you’re looking for a
    way to go that extra mile this Ramadan, consider supporting some of these
    charities with your time or money.

    Kheir we Baraka/Peace and Plenty Association

    Kheir we Baraka is a licensed volunteer organization that is dedicated to providing the
    residents of unplanned communities with the tools to live with dignity in a
    clean, healthy, and safe environment. Their current projects focus specifically
    on the community of Ezbet Khairalla and are working to improve the area by
    cleaning up trash and waste in the neighbourhood. On a regular basis, teams of
    doctors come in to provide both basic and specialty checkups and services. A
    preschool education program works with both children and their mothers and has
    grown to include over 900 mothers and 2000 children. The Council of Antiquities
    has become involved with the site and is working with Peace and Plenty to
    restore Ezbet Khairalla’s ancient sites, and hopefully even promote tourism
    there in the future.

    Want to Help Out? Contribute
    your expertise to any of the existing committees, or participate in some field
    work. Donations
    of money, clothes, furniture, and school supplies are always needed.

    Waqfeyat
    Al Maadi Community Foundation

    Waqfeyat Al Maadi seeks to offer Ramadan bags filled with produce from the
    Coalition of Farmers NGO. Two bags are available: the first (65LE) contains
    tea, oil, rice, sugar macaroni and ghee among others, while the second (85LE)
    includes the same items plus a whole chicken. The produce is sourced from the Farmers
    NGO, which encompasses 5 million farmers in Egypt. So by buying the bag, you’ll
    be helping a farmer and also donating it to a needy family. You can order a bag
    through their website so there will be time for farmers to prepare it, then
    pick it up and distribute it yourself, or have the organization distribute it
    for you to disadvantaged families in the slum areas of Helwan. Find more
    information here or
    call 0181722224 or 02 25272445

    Want to
    help out?

    Volunteers are always needed to assess the community’s needs and to help
    distribute bags.

    Stabl
    Antar Dream (SAD)

    SAD seeks
    to alleviate the poverty-stricken lives of Egyptians in slum areas by creating
    a long-term development plan, rather than just a one-off handout of goods or
    services.  Working in both Stabl Antar and Ezbet Khairalla, SAD runs a
    community school program and a number of awareness programs both for working
    women and those that stay at home. Residents are encouraged to participate in
    other projects such as the handicraft workshop, where women can hone their
    skills and produce income from the things they create, as well as health and
    literacy programs and vocational training. SAD runs a very extensive, but
    effective operation and is always in need of donations and volunteers; so
    please consider helping them out!

    Want to Help Out? Simply
    complete the volunteer application form and SAD will place you in an area most
    relevant to your skills and experience. You can also donate directly to their bank
    account
    .

    FACE for
    Children in Need

    Founded
    in 2003, FACE works with street children in Cairo and has launched several orphanage
    projects in and around Cairo. FACE has established two orphanages in Hegazy and
    Maadi that seek to battle the epidemic of abandoned newborns in Cairo with a
    staff of knowledgeable and dedicated caregivers. A third orphanage in Zeitoun
    takes children of up to eighteen-years-old, and a fourth in Benha, which will
    house children from two to six-years-old, is still in the process of being
    renovated. Over 6500 orphans are currently registered in legal institutions
    throughout Egypt, but FACE only has the resources to accommodate about 200 at a
    time. With your help, they can continue to expand as they fight poverty and
    child neglect in Egypt.

    Want to Help Out? Fill out
    the volunteer
    application
    and FACE will find a place for you, though they request that
    you be able to commit to a minimum of three months in order to ensure
    continuity in the program. Donations can be made online or in the form of
    a bank transfer.


    The Right
    to Live Association for the Intellectually Disabled

    The Right
    to Live Association
    had modest beginnings in the courtyard of a small Cairo
    school in 1981. The organisation has since grown into a massive project that
    aims to ensure the welfare of individuals with intellectual disabilities and
    their families through rehabilitation centres, vocational training and
    workshops, and self help and counselling programs, in addition to early
    intervention care, which helps young children and their parents learn how to
    cope with disability.

    Want to Help Out? Get
    involved with the RLA’s annual Right to Climb project,
    designed to raise much-needed funding and awareness for the intellectually
    disabled by completing a seven-day climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The
    cost of sponsoring a mentally disabled person can add up to 20,000LE per year,
    so donations are always
    appreciated.

    Revolution
    AID Egypt

    The
    Revolution AID Group (RAG)
    is a group of young volunteers who came together
    after the revolution to provide physical, emotional, and financial support to
    those injured during the January 25th revolution. RAG has formed a
    database of patients and a network of doctors, physical therapists and other
    NGOs to help them achieve their goals. Through the donations of volunteers they
    have managed to help over 200 cases financially, but more help is still needed!

    Want to Help Out?
    Volunteer to work with one of RAG’s teams, or donate money, medication,
    rehabilitation services, or medical services. Find more
    information on their Facebook page.

    Educate-Me

    This
    initiative works with underprivileged kids in the slum area of El Orouba (near the Ring Road) by financially supporting
    their school education, providing all their need school supplies and also
    working on character building through creative workshops, leadership programs
    and technical skills workshops. For the year 2011, Educate-Me aims to enrol 135
    children into schools with the help of your donations. 200LE will pay for a
    year’s tuition for one child; 5400LE will pay for the uniform of all 135 kids
    and 3375LE will pay for 135 school bags.

    Want to
    Help Out?
    Volunteers are always welcome and can participate in allot of the
    initiative’s brainstorming, workshops, fundraisings and more. Just fill out
    this questionnaire first. Donations can be made in cash or via bank transfers.
    For more information contact educate-me@taleeda.org
    and check out their Facebook group.

    Village of Hope for Development and Rehabilitation of Persons with Intellectual
    Disabilities

    Village of Hope (Al Amal Village) is a sanctuary for those with intellectual disabilities. Here,
    they can come together with others who understand what they are going through,
    and work with the centre’s leaders to live a normal life. Children and young
    adults learn the basic skills needed to live independently and are taught
    things such as baking, working with handicrafts, and in some cases electronics.
    Others have learned carpentry, agriculture, and animal husbandry as well. With
    the continued success of the Village of Hope, the organization is now looking to
    found a clinic to help parents in the early detection of mental disability in
    their children, and is always looking for support from those who can offer it.

    Want to Help Out? Donations to the village can be made here.


    Dar Al Orman
    Charity

    Dar al
    Orman
    is a registered Egyptian NGO that sponsors a number of diverse projects.
    They run six orphanages and are currently working to expand an ‘alternative
    family program’ that places children in the homes of welcoming parents. In
    addition to their work with orphans, which also includes providing financial
    assistance and marriages to orphaned young women, Dar Al Orman runs the cancer
    patients’ hospitality home, which houses patients at the National Institute for
    Cancer free of charge.

    Want to
    help out?
    With
    over seven different projects spread all across Egypt, Dar Al Orman is always
    in need of volunteers. For
    more information about donations, go here.

    What Other Charities Are There?

    For more
    charities and initiatives, check out http://kherna.com/ and  http://www.thecharityhub.org/ for more
    ideas on which charities to donate to, as well as a calendar of events and organizations
    that need people to help out!

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