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!