Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Child Sponsorship
05/17/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Hope House serves as a way to help children obtain a quality education and escape generational poverty that Christian families often experience in Egypt. In many Muslim countries, Christians are considered third-class citizens. Christian children are denied a quality education, while their parents are without access to capital to start businesses and suffer constant job discrimination. This leaves them stuck in an unending multi-generational cycle of poverty.
Currently, approximately half of the eligible children at ICC’s Hope House locations do not have a sponsor. These children need support that will go toward their spiritual, physical, and mental well-being.
ICC selects students for sponsorship who are consistent and whose parents support their children’s education. Each week on www.persecution.org, we highlight a child’s story and unpack the unique challenges they face.
Child sponsorship provides all of the following at no cost to the family:
- Routine medical check-ups and eye doctor visits, and medication and glasses when needed
- Clothing distribution a few times a year
- Monthly food packages for the whole family
- School supplies (backpacks, pens, paper, etc.)
- School fees
- Fun and educational group outings (pre- and post-COVID)
- Other miscellaneous expenses (special meals at Easter and Christmas, informative medical sessions for parents, etc.)
Hope House provides Christian students with supplemental classes, including literature, social studies, and mathematics, as well as discipleship and Bible classes. All Hope House students receive the same education, and unsponsored students occasionally receive smaller forms of support sporadically throughout the school year in the classroom. This can look like a healthy snack or a toothbrush.
In a culture that tells them that they will forever be second-class citizens, Hope House provides an opportunity for a better life. If you feel led to sponsor a child at Hope House, please click here to learn more or contact ICC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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