As part of the “Together We Develop Egypt” project, a group of fifty deaf young adults, including both Christians and Muslims, participated in cleaning, painting, and beautifying Amro Street in Old Cairo. The project aimed to encourage youth to work together in community projects. The deaf youth were responsible for choosing this specific project. They first had a time of learning and planning, and then they began the work, which took roughly one month to complete. Amro Street was of particular interest to the deaf youth, because it is where the deaf church, the deaf school, and the deaf club are located. One of the oldest Anglican churches and a mosque also share the street.
“Together We Develop Egypt” is a project of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt in partnership with Misr El Kheir Foundation (an Islamic foundation chaired by the former Grand Mufti of Egypt). Thirteen groups of young adults in seven provinces are participating in this project. Some started literacy classes, while others developed a mobile library for children. Another group focused on planting trees in their village. The aim of the project is to bring religious harmony between Christian and Muslim youth, and instill the spirit of belonging, community, and a desire to build Egypt.
Yesterday we celebrated the opening of Amro street after it was cleaned and renovated. Dr. Ali Gomaa, the former Grand Mufti, together with Minister Ahmed Gameladine, the advisor for President Sisi, and Bishop Mouneer visited the street and encouraged the youth. After a tour of the street, the group went into Jesus Light of the World Anglican Church. They learned more about the details of the project, and some of the deaf youth sang in sign language. Many media outlets were interested in the event, and it was later featured on the news. Click here to view one of news reports.