Located in the heart of the slum of Ezbet el-Nakhl Slum, an outlying area of Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt, is a school which hosts about 3.000 students ranging in age from kindergarten right through to the end of the college.

This school is a glimmer of hope in the slum of Ezbet, the population of which is 80% Coptic Christian!

Indeed, more than a million inhabitants, including several tens of thousands of Christian ragpickers, the Zabbalines, live amongst the rotting waste, recycling plants and pig stables.


Nowadays, more than 20,000 children are going to school. They learn to read, to write and to count, which will allow them to find different job in the future or if necessary to resume their parent’s activity and overcome the new administrative tasks set up by the Egyptian Government.

"A victim of its success" the school is already packed beyond its capacity with more than forty pupils per class at the very least!

Jérôme, head of mission in Egypt

These people are the perfect example of courage, sincerity and joy. They have almost nothing but give us a lot. Volunteers are attached to them from the first meetings, from the very first smiles! Ragpickers love life, they live life to the max and they show faith in an extraordinary future. Your generosity will allow many families to access and benefit from new opportunities, which will help ease the burden of their lives of hard work and discrimination.

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient commits to work for the Egyptian Youth. For more than a hundred families, back to school time is a worrying time of year as most families have no way to buy back to school supplies for their children.  

Salib is a ragpicker and a young father of two little boys who are getting ready to go to school. He works for more than 12 hours a day on ragpicker duties and recycling activities and struggles to get away from his work to take a little time just to register his sons at school. 

This is also the case for Georges. With his tattoo of the Virgin Mary on his right forearm he is a father to five children. The last two of his children have to buy new schoolbags for this year as their old bags are worn, just like their little worn paper pencils, worked down to the nib.

Finally, Maryam, the head of her family, a mother to four children and the widow of a ragpicker. Maryam shows exceptional courage! Day in, day out, sorting waste, cooking, shopping. Maryam is illiterate but knows perfectly the importance of education for her children who help her with her daily tasks.

For the two hundred poor children of the school, we call on your generosity.

Their only wish is to study well so that one day they can help to get their families out of a precarious and dangerous situation that they are in today.

Because the education of these Christian children is paramount in an overcrowded and miserable slum, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient and its volunteers reside on the spot, living amongst the local community and we are mobilizing and awaiting your donations!


With a donation of 5 euros, a new bag for one of Salib's sons;

With a donation of 20 euros, a home kit for Maryam's children;

With a donation of 50 euros, a home kit and new school supplies to last throughout the year for the children of the about Eabet el-Nakhl !



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.