“The Evangelical Organization hosts the U.S. Ambassador to present the achievements of the Empowering Girls Project in the villages of Minya Governorate.”

“The Evangelical Coptic Organization for Social Services in Minya Governorate welcomed Her Excellency Ambassador Hiro Mustafa, the United States Ambassador to Cairo, and her accompanying delegation at one of the organization’s locations, C-Boat. This was to introduce them to the activities and work of the Evangelical Organization and to showcase the achievements of the Empowering Girls Project in four villages in Minya Governorate. The project is implemented by the Local Development Unit and the Forum for Dialogue of Cultures at the Evangelical Coptic Organization for Social Services, in partnership with the Nidaa Foundation and funded by USAID.”

“The meeting began with a warm welcome to Her Excellency Ambassador Hiro Mustafa and the accompanying delegation. Welcoming them were the leadership of the Evangelical Coptic Organization, including Ms. Sameera Luqa, Head of the First Line Dialogue Sector, and Ms. Margret Sarofim, Head of the Local Development Sector. Also present were leaders from the Nidaa Foundation, including Dr. Heba Handousa, the founding director, and Mr. Ramy Hassan, the program director. The activities of the Evangelical Organization and the Nidaa Foundation were presented, followed by an open dialogue with the Ambassador to discuss the challenges we face as a result of global challenges and their impact on the economy and the region, and how to deal with them. A session was then held with the leaders of the community change-makers and a number of beneficiaries of the local initiatives implemented through the leadership of community change-makers.

The U.S. Ambassador to Cairo praised the efforts and impact of the Evangelical Coptic Organization for Social Services and the Nidaa Foundation, alongside the impact of the Empowering Girls Project. She highlighted these remarkable achievements, which have been evident through the testimonials of community change-makers and beneficiaries of the locally implemented initiatives.”

“During the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, both the community change-makers and the beneficiaries spoke about the importance of the project interventions. They discussed components such as training, raising awareness of economic and social rights, and protecting women from violence, which they may be subjected to. This is in addition to economic empowerment and the implementation of simple economic projects available within the community, aimed at empowering women economically and increasing their income. Furthermore, training, awareness-raising, and the implementation of community initiatives were conducted to promote the principles of acceptance and respect for diversity, as well as to enhance the values of peace, tolerance, and love among all segments of society.”