Human Services

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 55,000 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

Cause area (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 400 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 Alone‘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.

Success is when the disadvantaged fatherless overcome financial obstacles and become able to attend school regularly, advance to the next academic year, become more confident in their social interactions, and choose to get involved in voluntary activities to help others whether at home, the local church, or the local community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adolescents (13-19 years)

This educational mentoring program empowers 1,600 at-risk girls in Egypt by creating and providing role models, increasing self-esteem, leadership skills, creativity, and educational attainment.

Population(s) Served
Females

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
Females
Parents

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

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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 B'edaya Program is to provide loans 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 B'edaya 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 450 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.

Through monitoring, evaluation & reporting we developed objectives, targets & indicators that measure progress towards achieving its intended results. 1. Education: NAP children advance in their formal education from one grade to next level as school conditions permit; attitudes change positively toward the value of education through the development of study habits until s/he graduates. 2. Personality: NAP children build strong personal values such as respect, responsibility, tolerance, compassion, based on their family and their faith. 3. Volunteerism: NAP children will demonstrate greater commitment to their communities by serving others in their family, community, school and church. They will develop leadership skills that will equip them to become change-makers in their communities. They will become aware of their rights regarding security of education, food, health, shelter and safety, as well as their responsibilities as productive leaders in society.

Statistics show that results achieved by students enrolled in the Not Alone Program are substantially better than average national rates. 2017 highlights: -108 NAP participants earned scholarships to help them qualify for & attend public/private universities in Egypt. -5/70 students won the LOTUS scholarship, a prestigious scholarship offered by the USAID. -10/100 Egyptian scholars won the USAID scholarship to study at a higher tier public universities. -235 NAP participants graduated from universities equipped with advanced skills & academic degrees as they enter the workforce. -1,500 local girls & young women enroll as Big and Little Sisters in the VGP educational mentorship program. -We awarded the Future Leaders Scholarship to 34 exceptional Thanaweya Amma graduates who demonstrate advanced academic skills, leadership potential, & a service mindset. -We awarded 243,500 EGP in microloans to 42 B'edaya mothers as they launched the 2nd phase of their local microfinance projects.

Financials

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Coptic Orphans

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Raouf Youssef

Global Development Associates, LLC

Term: 2009 -

Nermien Riad

Coptic Orphans

Mark Nakhla

No Affiliation

Raouf Youssef

Global Development Associates, LLC

Andrew Abdalla

Goldman Sachs London

Andrew Whitworth

GE Healthcare

Robie Roy

Lockheed Martin

Rania Petro

Marie Hanna

Johns Hopkins University

Board leadership practices

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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

Keywords

Children, International, Coptic, Egypt, Development, youth, education, health, nutrition, Religion, girls, literacy, empowerment