“May I call you, ‘mom’?”
Priceless words expressed by a precious little girl to her teacher. Words that offer a brief glimpse into the much deeper, largely inexpressible impact this teacher has had upon the girl’s life.
We are deeply indebted to the Lord for the 12,500 children He has graciously entrusted to our care since 2014.
Beginning in the first grade, children attend Hope4MENA classes four days a week for three consecutive academic years.
The children in these highly impoverished areas receive a very poor education—if any—in government-run schools. Close to a hundred children are crammed into very small classrooms with barely any furniture, hardly learning anything, with many “completing” their primary school (elementary) education barely knowing how to read and write. When our team began forming classes with 12 to 15 children per class, with teachers who genuinely cared for every individual student, the children couldn’t contain their joy, and excitedly came to class with a renewed sense of humanness and love for learning!
Here’s an overview of what we are able to holistically bless each child with:
Spiritually: a curriculum that aims at inviting children into a deeper relationship with, and knowledge of, God and His Word.
Academically: a curriculum that teaches primarily Math and Arabic, and aims at creating a passion and eagerness for learning in children.
Physically: a curriculum that teaches health awareness and basic principles of caring for one’s personal hygiene and nutrition. In addition to the curriculum, medical teams pay regular visits to the children to assess their needs and offer necessary medical attention/medication.
Emotionally/Behaviorally: through the comprehensive equipping of teachers in child education, covering a wide range of topics such as children’s deepest needs and learning styles, discipline strategies, the various challenges children face, etc.
Aware that teachers play the most crucial role in the holistic development of children in the classrooms, we invest a large part of our efforts in equipping teachers for the task through:
- A comprehensive academic curriculum; teachers are trained prior to each academic semester and mid-semester.
- A comprehensive spiritual program; teachers meet with their leaders on a monthly basis for spiritual growth and edification.
- An annual camp that is both spiritual and recreational.
In this current 2021-2022 academic year, we have over 4,300 registered children, close to 300 facilitators, 50 class leaders, 12 local area leaders, and three committee members in about 200 different churches, in 200 different villages, in 7 different governorates throughout Egypt.
Facilitators (teachers) are not only responsible for the children in their classrooms, but visit the children’s families at home as well, ministering to the family as a whole. These visits also help the Hope4MENA team learn of any pressing needs (medical attention, serious financial burdens, etc.) that a family might need and that we can help meet.
Class Leaders serve both the Facilitators and the children.
Local Area Leaders serve the Class Leaders and Facilitators and manage relationships with churches and church leaders/priests.
Committee members serve Local Area Leaders and manage the strategic planning/training of the entire team.
Trainings, spiritual edification meetings and camps, and logistical meetings are held within the team year-round to help facilitate all the fine operation details.
In addition to the holistic ministry done in conjunction with the academic calendar, Hope4MENA also holds an annual summer school during summer break, led by the same aforementioned team. Meeting three times a week for two months, children from various classes join together for recreational Bible-based activities, crafts, and teaching on various life skills. This is all part of a summer curriculum which their facilitators receive prior training on.