#PowerOfHope: From hardships, Egyptian woman becomes an 'exemplary mother'
2.6 million people benefited from MBRCH's projects and initiatives in 2019.
What is the price of a smile? Now multiply that by 71 million. For, that's the number of lives that the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives touched and transformed in 2019. It is more than just a cold statistic; it is the number of sighs of relief, tears of joy and stories of gratitude from around the world. In this series, Khaleej Times showcases eight people whose lives MBRGI changed last year through the power of hope.
Fauz, an elderly Egyptian woman with a face marked by fatigue and hardship, works hard to support her family with the limited resources available in the small village they reside in.
Watching the livestock in the fields with their owners early in the morning, she remembers her far-fetched dream of having her own cattle as a source of income to support her husband with providing for the family. Until recently, Fauz spent hours waiting in the street to collect the animals' dung before moulding it into discs and leaving it to dry in the sun to use it as fuel to light the oven or heat water in the winter.
Fauz and her family's struggle prolonged before the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment's (MBRCH) team arrived at their village, providing her with a head of cattle and helping rebuild her collapsing house. Thanks to the establishment's work, Fauz today lives in a safe home with a stable income to support her family.
In recognition of her efforts to provide a decent life for her family, Fauz was honoured as an exemplary mother during Egypt's 'Ideal Mother Festival', held under the patronage of the establishment. She received another head of cattle to reward her for her hard work and dedication to her family.
In 2019, the MBRCH's various projects and initiatives touched the lives of approximately 2.6 million people. Besides providing urgent aid to people stricken by conflict and natural disasters, the establishment's various humanitarian projects focused on the most at-risk groups, providing them with tools and resources to improve their quality of life.
Its other programmes and initiatives in Egypt last year included providing prostheses for 200 patients and distributing heating equipment and warm clothes to empower the vulnerable in the country's harsh weather.
Students across different parts of Egypt also received school supplies, books and uniforms to enhance their education experience.