Boy using an electric grinder on a post with sparks flying

If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.Proverbs: 21:13

Heavy Lifting at Christmas – Daring Dreams in Egypt

The room full of happy squirrely boys suddenly went quiet. The small classrooms quickly cleared out. These youngsters from destitute families had to grab some sleep at 7 pm before their fifteen-hour shift at the brick factory began at 2 am.

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A ray of hope for working buddies.

These two boys eagerly told me about their lives. They were typical ten-year olds, teasing and nudging each other to say something, laughing at my accent.

But their life is very different from other grade school kids I know. They carry a heavy weight on their small shoulders. The $84 a month they make at their jobs means their families won’t starve. They’re the lucky ones. Other kids lose fingers in brick cutting machines. Or die of burns from the kilns.

I met these kids at a simple educational center near the brick factories where they work. They were at the center trying to snatch a little bit of childhood and a chance to learn. The curriculum and opening hours of the center are tailored to fit into breaks from their back-breaking jobs. It’s an oasis of hope and joy with its brightly colored walls, committed teachers, and calm order.

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Long hours of heavy labor.

The powerhouse behind the school? A woman who knows what it means to be poor in Egypt. She lives in a garbage recycling community, and started work at age six sorting garbage.

A friend saw her potential and tapped her to help collect data at the brick factories. Her compassionate heart could not ignore the situation of the children she saw. So she started teaching them. The kids loved the lessons, so she established a center. She’s now educating nearly a hundred children.

But that’s just the start of her dream. She wants to give educational opportunities to all the estimated 9,000 children working in the area’s 300 brick factories. Dreams InDeed is coaching her as a servant leader to develop a plan to realize that dream.

And you can join us in that effort! A Dreams InDeed stakeholder has offered a challenge grant of $15,000. They will match dollar for dollar every new, renewed, and increased donor contribution through December 31, 2016. Those funds will be invested working on this and other daring dreams in Egypt.

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Dreamer extraordinaire.

Join us in “The Work of Christmas.”
Written by Howard Thurman, grandson of a slave and advocate for peace through non-violence.

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.

Take a quiet moment to listen to this choral masterpiece inspired by Howard Thurman’s poem: The Work of Christmas.

Please join our team in doing the work of Christmas and strengthening daring dreams in Egypt.

Celebrating Christmas all year long,

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Vice President of Program Development
Dreams InDeed

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