Raising the Bar for Education | Persecution

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25/09/2022 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – More than 325 Egyptian children attend ICC’s educational center, Hope House. In a country where Christians are considered second-class citizens, Hope House seeks to break the cycle of generational persecution by providing access to quality education and upward mobility.

Hope House is the innovative alternative to public school, where Christian children are largely shunned and receive a poor education.

Mariam, who teaches at one of the centers, shared, “There is a big difference between them. In public schools, it’s just routine. But at the center, we work with children as if they were our children. Here it is a service. As much as I can, I focus on each child separately, and I care about the children so much.

Classes at Hope House are one-third the size of public school class sizes, allowing students’ teachers to provide more personalized instruction.

The Child Sponsorship Program provides incentives for children and their families to stay in school. Especially during the summer months, poorer Christian boys are taken out of school to work in the fields, earning less than US$2 a day. Girls are usually responsible for helping around the house or learning household skills.

Sponsored children receive intentional discipleship in conjunction with each center’s partner church. They and their families also receive monthly food parcels to make up for any shortfall in income due to the children focusing on their education rather than work. Children participate in routine medical tests and medication as needed, organize fun cultural outings and receive special gifts throughout the year, such as new clothes.

Through the benefits of the sponsorship program, parents become aware of the importance of their child’s education.

Lena, who teaches science at one of the centers, said: “Only two weeks into the program, parents were encouraging their children to join classes. And they consider this service essential for their children. Children want to learn more and more.

Mariam shared the improvements she has seen in her students since they started, “I had a child in my class who couldn’t hold a pen or write. He has now improved so much. Honestly, this center affects our village perfectly, because the most neglected thing for children here is education.

ICC prayerfully opened another center this summer, trusting that the children of this new village would receive the sponsorship and educational encouragement needed to help them transition out of second-class citizenship.

Please join us in praying for the growth of the new center, the local partner church and the development of local Christian children and their families.

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Only 40% of children eligible for Hope House are sponsored. ICC extends an invitation to loyal donors who seek to make a difference in the lives of these Egyptian children. If you want to make a difference, go to: www.persecution.org/initiatives/hope-house/ or email [email protected]

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