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Coptic Orphans

Transforming generations through Egypt's fatherless

aka Coptic Orphans   |   Merrifield, VA   |  http://www.copticorphans.org

Mission

Coptic Orphans is an award-winning international Christian development organization that has transformed the lives of over 86,000 children in Egypt since 1988. We believe that through long-term programs that focus on education, we can affect the vicious cycle of poverty.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Ms. Nermien Riad

Main address

PO Box 2881

Merrifield, VA 22116 USA

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EIN

54-1637257

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When most people think of "orphans," they think of children in orphanages who have no family members at all. In fact, many orphanages in Egypt are filled with children who have living family members, only because their widowed mothers cannot afford to feed them. Additionally, Egypt's widows are often severely restricted by traditions. Often they can't leave their house to work – even if their children are hungry. This is an injustice. We also work to prevent child labor and reduce early child marriage by helping children stay in school and reclaim the dignity that many of them lost when they lost their father and struggled in the face of poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Not Alone Program

Our beloved sponsors and donors can tell you how Not Alone works. Over 925 Church-based community leaders, the Reps, serve as advocates and mentors to our children. The Reps come recommended by their own bishops and priests, and our staff in Egypt offers them regular training in how to support and protect the children. Day in and day out, year after year, each Rep builds a long-term relationship with the children they serve, connecting with each child through home visits, life-skills workshops, and community activities. They work to achieve Not Alones goal of increasing each childs academic achievement, building a well-rounded personality, and nurturing their sense of volunteerism as future leaders of Egyptian society. By connecting the children with these building blocks for a successful life, Not Alone helps prepare them to break the cycle of poverty.
About 86,300 Children's lives transformed throughout the 35 years of operation. We are working in 850 villages/towns across Egypt.

Population(s) Served

Throughout 22 years, the educational mentoring program has empowered 19,300 at-risk girls and young women in Egypt by creating and providing role models, increasing self-esteem, leadership skills, creativity, and educational attainment. The project was implemented in 214 Valuable Girl Project Sites across Egypt.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Our B' edaya (pronounced Beh-uh-day-uh) "With My Own Hands" microfinance initiative provides interest-free loans to female-heads of households, who are particularly disadvantaged in rural Egypt, to start income-generating projects. Upon the successful setup and operation of the project, each woman will repay the original loan which will then go to a revolving fund.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Parents

The two main programs under the Diaspora Engagement Programs are Serve To Learn and The 21.
For 22 years, there have been many service trips to Egypt during the year. 632 youth have traveled to Egypt from allover the world to serve and the number of the served children 16,547.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents
Children and youth
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Not Alone Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Valuable Girl Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Not Alone Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Coptic Orphans aims to unlock the God-given potential of the most vulnerable children in Egypt through the power of education. Our holistic approach, through grassroots partners & volunteer networks, provides each child with access to quality education, nurtures their spirit of volunteerism, and develops their well-rounded character, so they can break the cycle of poverty. The goal of Valuable Girl Project is to provide young women with leadership, mentoring and study skills so they can succeed in school, change their family, their community, and Egypt. The goal of Baseeta Program is to open bank accounts that allow each mother to harness her own inner drive and abilities, and be transformed from a helpless, house-bound widow into a self-sufficient businesswoman who is a role model for her children, an asset to her community, and of worth to herself. Serve to Learn is 3-week volunteer program that tackles educational empowerment and global health in undeserved communities in Egypt.

Through Not Alone, we empower the disadvantaged fatherless who are at high risk of dropping out of schools. It supports them financially and morally so they complete the highest form of education. It also supports them through one-to-one mentoring, home visits, regular workshops, and leisure trips to help build their self-confidence, and develop their social skills.

Through the Valuable Girl Project, along with skills-building, the project educates & advocates for young women as they navigate red tape in Egypt. The Valuable Girl Project also takes the lead in working with the entire community, both Christian and Muslim. In doing so, we believe, Christians become the true salt of the Earth.

Through our Baseeta initiative, we continue providing microfinance loans and coaching for Egypt's brilliant, brave, entrepreneurial mothers, allowing them to start a business in anything from animal husbandry to selling groceries.

Over 925 Church-based community leaders, the Reps," serve as advocates and mentors to our children. The Reps come recommended by their own bishops and priests, & our staff in Egypt offers them regular training's in how to support and protect the children. Day in and day out, year after year, each Rep builds a long-term relationship with the children they serve, connecting with each child through home visits, life-skills workshops, and community activities. They work to achieve the Not Alone Program's goal of increasing each child's academic achievement, building a well-rounded personality, and nurturing their sense of volunteerism as future leaders of Egyptian society. By connecting the children with these building blocks for a successful life, Not Alone helps prepare them to break the cycle of poverty and empowers them.

We follow a transformational development approach that emphasizes the role of compassion and religion in achieving positive and sustainable change in human lives.

Statistics show that results achieved by students enrolled in the Not Alone Program are substantially better than average national rates.

- 4690 Additional children enrolled in our programs where they can now access critical services and relief for urgent needs
- 656 Students successfully passed their thanawiyyah amma (high school final exams) and graduated high school against all odds
- 578 Urgent housing and medical requests fulfilled to ensure immediate needs are covered
- 226 University students received laptops from our generous donors, placing them on equal standing with their peers in virtual learning
-192 students re-joined our programs in order to pursue higher education.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Coptic Orphans

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Abadir

Nermien Riad

Coptic Orphans

Mona Azer

No Affiliation

Amgad Bassili

No Affiliation

Hani Sharobim

No Affiliation

Mark Nakhla

No Affiliation

Ben Marcos

No Affiliation

Rhonda Farag

No Affiliation

Basem Morris

No Affiliation

Peter Abadir

Mariola Marzouk

Sherif Helmy

George Soliman

Mena Mikhail

Adel Boulos

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Coptic Egyptian
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data