Almost thirty disabled people crowd in a large room with a dingy paint job, a few wooden benches, an image of the Virgin Mary. In the heart of the district of El-Nakhl, two Coptic orthodox Sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Maria and Maguida, have devoted their lives to caring for these, with almost no means at all.

Thus, health and hygienic conditions are far from our European standards.

The smell of this is sometimes nauseating (sewers that do not drain properly, waste in stagnation, urine...).

Some sleep on the floor, others, too violent, are locked in the dark, in a separate room with their hands tied. Abandoned at birth, they receive absolutely no visits from anyone except perhaps a few people at Christmas time.

Without regular supervision, they spend their days sitting or lying on the floor. No distractions come to brighten their days, only cries due to the violent anger that comes from inside these poor souls to break the monotony of the place.

The volunteers were all overwhelmed by what they saw here. They therefore decided to provide moral and material support to these people to give them some dignity. The volunteers now make regular weekly visits.

Clementine, a volunteer from Tours and Clément from Nantes, come twice a week to visit the residents of this home and before long strong bonds are created! The volunteers come from their apartment to play with the residents, to offer them some moments of joy and the warmth of human presence in their lives.

Materially speaking, the association made a first donation on basic goods. Domitille identified the needs and Paul-Henri bought the items needed: new clothes and underwear, games and some curtains to partition the beds. With a little bit of effort and some basic supplies a clear improvement in living conditions was achieved. But much more can and must be done to improve the lives of these people. Last week, the volunteers together with Sister Maguida participated in professional training at a disabled care centre so that they could improve their skills to care for these people as best they can.
To help these people with isolated and lonely disabilities, to help sisters and volunteers and to help volunteers in their activities: we need you!


Your generosity can change their daily lives:

For just 5 euros you can provide T-shirt and new pants for a resident

For 50 euros you can provide an afternoon of training or additional activities for the thirty-two residents



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.