Corona Food Bags
In March, when the Corona Crisis hit Egypt, we started handing bags with food. As you can understand, the poor people in Egypt are suffering more than usual, as many have seen their income decrease sharply. Income from tourism is nil, many construction projects and other work is stopped, so the people on the bottom of the ladder suffer most, with often no income at all.
We assist churches in Egypte to help their church members and to help Sudanese refugees in Cairo. The Corona-crisis is especially troublesome for Sudanese refugees because many of their women work in Egyptian households and are now told to not come; for most this means a complete loss of income. The men often have menial jobs on a day-by-day basis.
So overall, the situation for most families is very desperate at the moment. We do what we are able to. By July 2020, we had been able to help 1387 families.
One woman told us the following:
“My husband works as a cleaner but he is sick. So I have to sit outside schools to sell small things like tissues and hairpins for girls, to help my husband. But after corona, the schools closed so I lost all income. The last months have been awful. We suffer. And mind you I have three small children myself. They were so happy to see you come with the food. One of my girls cried.”
Another woman told us:
“My children were so happy when they saw the food. Even chicken and meat! We have not had this for a long time, and after corona began it was even hard for me to buy just rice and tea. I am a widow. My husband died long ago, and we have always been able to survive on my small income. But due to corona, even my job as a cleaner is gone. I now depend on friends and family who help a bit. Your bag with food was a gift from God.”