Welcome to the unhealthy labyrinth of narrow dirty streets, deformed by the passage of garbage carts. You're in Cairo, at Ezbet El Nakhl. Here, the ragpickers live among garbage as they have done for generations. Children are no exception as they follow their parents all day long in waste piles. They're playing on these piles of garbage, where rats and germs are swarming.

A young ragpicker’s father:

I had an elder son who’s dead so I told my other son Chenouda to stop school so he could help me in my work, to make our living. If I wanted him to go to college, it would cost me a lot of money.

Although it is impossible to eradicate the child labour, it is essential that we give them a minimum access to education. SOS Chrétiens d’Orient works in this way to help the children of the neighbourhood, where more than five thousand families live in deplorable conditions. The resources allocated to education, health and environment are unstable because it is divided into two governorates (Cairo and Kaliubya).

More than fifteen per cent of the inhabitants of this slum are under five years old. There are three public elementary schools and the capacity of a classroom is 70 children.

2325 children from Ezbet El Nakhl are still waiting to go to school. In 2017, following the request of Sister Mary of the orthodox congregation of the Daughters of Mary, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient financed the purchase of a building plot costing 146 150$. In 2018, the association wishes to support the children of Ezbet El Nakhl at a rate of $584,445 for the school construction and equipment supplies.

The school construction costs $914 882 and the supplies $138 549.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.