The Board of the African Hope Learning Center is seeking partners to help with the operation of a Cairo-based Christian school caring for 450 refugee children and 50 African staff who have fled from various issues throughout the continent of Africa.
What we do:
- Provide a Christian education to refugee children KG2 to Grade 12 on all core subject areas and personal development with a solid English-based curriculum.
- Educate students and adults in basic computer skills.
- Counsel children who have been traumatized by war, and often the murder of one or more parents or close family members.
- Feed the children a nutritious lunch each school day, the only meal many of these children will eat for that day.
- Give the children hope for a better life as productive citizens, should they eventually return to their home countries or be resettled abroad.
The African Hope Learning Centre has been giving hope to 500 displaced children each year for the last 15 years. We operate the school on a shoe-string budget out of a rented building. .
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Why do we do this:
- The Forced Migration and Refugee Studies program (FMRS) of the American University in Cairo estimates about two million refugees from Africa live in Cairo’s slums of which at over six hundred thousand (600,000) are school-aged children. As of today, only about 10,000 of these kids are going to school.
- Most children live in Cairo with just one parent or a relative. They live 7 to 8 persons in one tiny room with no air-conditioning (temperatures reach above 40 C in summer). They are regularly left locked and unsupervised and have to look after themselves.
- Older refugee children and teens are increasingly turning to alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. We have seen a marked increase in African gang violence over the years.
- All children need the care of loving adults; the investment that we are able to make in their educational, social, and emotional well being.
There is an increasing need to educate and prepare these refugee children so that they be useful citizens and contribute to Egypt or return to their original countries as leaders to take their communities forward . Over the years, many of our children have graduated from high school and have gone on to complete their university education and it is our prayer that these children will become future leaders of countries throughout Africa.
You can help us by:
- Giving financially to support our work. You can donate here.
- Volunteering: We need the help of English teachers, administrators, IT support and other specialists; see the link listing current opportunities. More information here.
- Praying: most important. The Lord, by His amazing grace, is meeting the many needs of the students and the school. Thank you for your prayers! Find our latest needs by visiting here.
An up to date list of our current needs can be found here.