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Cairo Update

Date Written:
  26 June 1998
Subject:
  Visit to the City of Peace
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Hi,

In Egypt it is so easy to see time slip away. I was only planning to be away for a couple of hours today to do a meeting in the morning. The drain on time comes with the hospitality afterwards. In this culture it would be grossly impolite to refuse hospitality, and even worse to leave by saying "I must see someone" . . .

I went at 9:30am and managed to get back at about 6:30pm- so bang goes another day!

It was a good time though, I really enjoy working with these kind of children. The children live in a very poor part of the city outside Cairo called "Medeenit Salaam" i.e. The City of Peace. The children are from very poor backgrounds and would normally be living and playing in the streets (filled with rubbish) during the day and sleep in the family home at night. These kids come with many psychological problems and illnesses. The group that I have been working with clean the children and give them new clothes. Then they are treated with medicines to deal with the pysical ailments, the most common of which is anaemia (a low number of red blood cells, due to a deficient diet).

The psychological problems take more time to heal. There are cases of children who curse their families for the way that they have been treated, others have been glue sniffing but most of all there is a lack of love form their families. The environment into which they are accepted show His love to them and explain why they are valuable to Him. I've been helping with this side of the program.

One of the workers explained to me that within a short time there is a complete turn-around in their attitudes and a real healing takes place in their lives. I could see what he meant- the children appeared to be happy and well-balanced but this belies some of the situations from where they have come.

I give Him all the glory for the transforming power that I have witnessed in the lives of these kids- it was a privilege to speak to them and I've promised to return, even if it takes another whole day.

That's all for now,

Another busy day becons,

Lots of Love,

Jason, Alison, Hannah and Esther

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It's a Fact!

Facts about Egypt:

  • Egypt's population is 66 Million

  • Egypt is four times the size of the UK

  • Only 3% of the land can be used for arable crops

  • Cairo has 18 million people and is growing by 1 millon each year.

  • Cairo is the Largest city in Africa and the Middle East

  • Official literacy rate is only 45%

  • A total of 11 languages are spoken in Egypt

  • Public Debt per person is $790

  • Average annual income is $630

  • Unemployment is estimated to be 17%

  • Religion: Approx. 85% Muslim and 15% Christian

  • Most Christians are affiliated to the Orthodox Church, less than 1% of the population are Protestant

  • There are an estimated 100,000 street children in Egypt

 

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