After more than eight years of indecisiveness, the Egyptian government has approved the international NGO registration of Coptic Orphans. The non-profit organization’s application to be recognized officially had been pending since 2005.
The meeting lasted about an hour with chairperson Nermien Riad, key staff and over 400 volunteers who work with Coptic Orphans, at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo.
The Coptic patriarch said, “The organization serves and supports children through all aspects, including health, psychological, educational and ethical services.”
For her part, Riad said, “Pope Tawadros II came to celebrate the governmental recognition of the organization and to bless our work, as the Coptic Church participates with us through the ‘You Are Not Alone’ program that aids thousands of children who have been provided for, with lessons and scholarships.”
Head of Cairo office Magda Abdel Malak added, “Pope Tawadros understands the organization’s work from his service as a bishop.”
“He attended a number of educational workshops for the children. He blessed our work through meeting us.”
She added that the governmental recognition of the organization would pave the way for working with the Egyptian community as whole, as the organization is preparing educational programs for children during the coming period in cooperation with a number of civil society organizations.
Coptic Orphans is an international organization that has branches in Canada, Washington, D.C., Sidney and Cairo. It provides care for children regardless of their religions and has improved the lives of twenty-seven thousand children since its establishment in 1988. The government suspended recognizing it since submitting their request in 2005.