The vision of the founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary was to ensure a Christian Apostolic presence in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. As a result, the sisters have supported the ragpickers’ children and the ragpickers themselves. The Salam Centre, located in the ragpickers area of Ezbet-El-Nakhl, is managed by the sisters of the orthodox Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.
It includes a crèche, a school, an hospital, a center for disabled persons, a meeting place for women and men, as well as social rehabilitation and health education programs. On a piece of land 12 600 m², the sisters built the School of Peace, with a capacity for five classrooms, which could accommodate 3000 students.
Little by little, the ragpickers agreed to allow their children to access education, accepting the idea that school could be the solution for some of their difficulties.
For its 2016 and 2017 summer missions, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient came to help the Congregation. Volunteers assigned to Cairo provided English and French courses, organised manual and sports activities and regularly met disabled people from the Center.