Ezbet El-Nakhl is what can be called a "slum". A neighborhood built in haste where simple huts are the welcome homeplace of many poor Christian families from southern Egypt who come to Cairo seeking work and a better life.

Among the one million people living in this city, many are ragpickers who roam the megalopolis of Cairo from nightfall to early morning looking for all the waste which can be collected, transported, sorted and recycled.

Volunteers come daily to be with the ragpickers and their children. They are present in their daycare, schools, clinics and dispensaries for disabled people. They share their daily lives and difficulties and create strong bonds with the people there, whilst documenting and publicizing for the people at home, the situation in Egypt.

These ragpickers are known to us thanks to Sister Emmanuelle's great action! At their side for more than 20 years, she alerted French and international public opinion about their living conditions, difficulties and persecution. It is due to her work that since June, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has taken up the torch to help the people of Ezbet El-Nakhl.



Christmas is approaching and the children of the ragpickers, themselves ragpickers from the age of 6-7, know that this year again they may not have a gift... but the association and volunteers living in Cairo want to change this "bad habit!”

With the approach of the Nativity, you can give the children of the slums of Cairo a memorable end to the year and perhaps an unforgettable childhood memory by helping with your donations and generosity.

Total cost of the operation: 5000 euros for 100 disadvantaged, disabled or orphans in Cairo!

For 40 euros per month, a slum child can be fed, educated and dressed!

Don't hesitate: your generosity is the key to their success!



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.