Together We Develop Egypt and Deaf Unit visit Governmental School

To continue investing in the community, Rev. Emil Nabih, Reverend in-charge of Jesus Light of the World church, and Sheikh Hany Shams, Professor in Islamic Center for Research, along with Sheikh Selim Wassef, Together We Develop Egypt Coordinator; visited the governmental school in Amro Street in Old Cairo on February 4th, which was recently cleaned by the deaf youth as part of “Together We Develop Egypt” project and reopened by Dr. Ali Gomaa, the former Grand Mufti, together with Minister Ahmed Gameladine, the adviser for President Sisi, and Bishop Mouneer.

In the visit, the previously mentioned leaders visited the classes to encourage the students to work in harmony with each other to Egypt clean especially Amro St. where the school was located. They also gave some recommendations to preserve the beauty of the street. The visit, also, included few students from the neighboring Deaf Unit aiming for their integration as well as better future partnership between the two schools on both levels; administration and students.

Deaf Youth Clean and Beautify a Street in Old Cairo

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.