Equipping Life Lessons

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

Women of Ezbit el Nakhl

One of the ladies, named Salwa, had a very difficult financial condition. She was struggling with her husband to feed and educate their four children. It caused a lot of pressure on her. Salwa always attends our weekly lessons and shares with us what she has learned and how she applies it with her family.

While celebrating Mother's Day, she came to our organization meeting. She had been suffering from a state of depression when she attended the lesson about enjoying motherhood despite the responsibility. She began to relax, and through her tears, she smiled and said, “Today’s lesson taught me that despite the existence of problems, I have to see the positive things—not see only negatives—so I can continue my way in life, happily.”

Om Amjad, one of the ladies who regularly attends our lessons, listens with great interest. She actively participates in discussions and writes notes on important lesson points and how they are to be applied. One lesson was about love. We discussed the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the five languages ​​of love, and how we may discover another’s love language to show our love. The most important aspect to discover is the language of my partner and my children, and how to take the initiative to express my love for them.

At the end of the lesson, Om Amjad came to us very joyful, sharing with us how she benefited from the lesson and will begin this way of loving her husband and children.

Even though she tried to express her love before, she will begin the application of this lesson in her life. If she feels frustrated by a family member, she will try again. Om Amjad said she will take the first step and buy a gift for her husband for Valentine's Day. We were very encouraged to hear from Om Amjad’s life.

Children of Ezbit el Nakhl

An 11-year-old girl named Mohraial attends the social development lessons every week. After she took a lesson under the slogan "I will live in a healthy house," Mohraial went to her mother and asked her to open windows twice a day. This is to let in the sun and air for no less than a quarter of an hour each time,  to ventilate the apartment. Her mother keeps the windows closed all the time because she afraid of cold. Mohraial explained to her mother the importance of ventilation and how air must enter the house. She also asked her mother to increase the lighting in the room that she studies in, so she can see better and keep her sight.

Mohraial told her mother, “When you decide to use insecticide to clean the apartment, we should be outside the house till the flat is well ventilated, because the chemicals cause diseases.” She went on, “A healthy house needs to be clean, and we must collect leftover food and not eat on the bed. We should eat only in the eating place, because when we eat, some food flakes onto the floor and it brings ants and cockroaches.”  

Furthermore, Mohraial told her mother, “When smoking people come to our home, we need to ask them not to smoke inside the apartment, because of pollution.” Her mother was very happy with what her daughter had learned through our weekly lessons. Her mother shared that her daughter has learned a lot of things at our organization. Every time she takes a lesson, Mohraial tells her mother about what she learned.

Jumana, a nine-year-old girl, attends lessons every week in our center. A fast learner, she loves the social development lessons provided for children. Jumana confidently stood in front of 50 children to share about the previous lesson she learned about fires that occur in homes and how children should behave in the event of a fire.

When she went back home, Jumana recounted the lesson to her mother. She encouraged her mother to take care when using fire and to not leave the oven on without supervision. She told us how one time her mother forgot about the fire for a pot of tea. All the water evaporated and the pot was burnt, and a fire could have possibly happened in the kitchen.

In our center, Jumana learned not to play with fire (sulfur or wax) and fireworks inside the home. She told her mother not to spray pesticides near flame sources and to have ventilation in the room. In the event of a fire at home, she must quickly escape to the outside, shouting for help, an ambulance, and assistance from neighbors to put the fire out. If possible, she should also take her younger siblings outside the apartment or house. If caught on fire in her clothes, she must quickly roll on the floor or go to the bathroom to shower water on them. By the end of Jumana’s sharing, all the other children clapped.

Farhan & Lydia
GHNI National Field Leaders