Child Sponsorship Highlight: Hobbies and Hope House

06/08/2021 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – Reham is a creative, smart 15-year-old girl who enjoys spending her time doing crafts. Reham said, “if I want to do handmade works, I do. I have a channel on YouTube, and on my video I show the audience, how we make the best use of stuffs we neglect, such as the hairpins and gift boxes and more.” For as long as Reham has been at Hope House, staff recalls her love for crafting and making things from household items. She dreams of becoming an artist of some kind when she grows up. Perhaps her joy for creation stems from her mother. Reham’s mother told ICC, “I’m a clothes seller but my work pace is slow these days. I also sew cloth.”

Reham also helps her family around the home saying, “while my mother works on the tailoring machine, I have to do the house duties. I sweep the floors and prepare the meals with my mother.” Although Reham has four other siblings, all of them are older and three of them are married. Therefore, many of the household responsibilities fall to her to help. Reham’s mother is also currently the main provider for the home. She said, “my husband is unemployed; he had eye surgery before the virus.”

Luckily, because of Reham’s participation at Hope House, her mother was eligible to receive literacy training. The literacy training program was set up to help mothers at home who often need to help their children with their homework, but have very little education themselves. This literacy assistance not only helped with supporting Reham in her homework but also her mother’s small business.

“I go to school continually. I will not be like the other girls who left school.”

Reham in particular has grown immensely since her time with Hope House. When she first began, her testing scores were around 55% in Math. Now, she typically scores around 95% on her Math exams and average to above average in Arabic and English. Although she loves her crafting at home, Reham knows the importance of getting a good education. She said, “I go to school continually. I will not be like the other girls who left school.”

She continued saying, “I don’t care about the (public) school. I focus on the center classes. I don’t get a good education in the school but rather in the center classes, in which I have learned how to write and read. I love mathematics.”

Reham’s mother commented on the challenges of coronavirus, which is still heavily impacting Egypt’s education systems, saying, “now there is no time for teaching the kids so many lessons. Kids were going to school five days a week, and now it’s two days of schooling [at the public school]. How many classes do the kids learn? I want my daughter to continue to achieve a good life.”

Regarding exams, Reham’s mother said, “Reham told me that the exams were easy. She is smart and I trust her. it was just one educational year and it passed, thanks God. Hopefully the upcoming year will be better for children.”

Reham is currently available for sponsorship with Hope House. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring her to help her finish out her education strong and with the additional support that the sponsorship program provides?

To learn more about ICC’s Hope House or provide a financial gift, visit this page. To inquire about sponsoring a child, contact ICC at icc@persecution.org.

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