Lessons to Equip Them for Life

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

Children of Ezbit el Nakhl

Celebrating the close of 2015 and the beginning of a new year, the organization held a festival for the children of Ezbit el Nakhl. The children were thankful for the many things they learned that caused changes in their lives. Here is what some of them shared at the celebration:

Muhammad, who is fifteen years old, is thankful he has learned to admit his mistakes and to say he’s sorry to the person he has wronged.

Nine-year-old Antonius used to say bad words, but he has learned to honor his parents. He has stopped cursing and saying bad words.

Fadi, an eleven-year-old boy, has learned to forgive. Forgiveness is not weakness, but strength.

Noora, thirteen years old, was so very happy with our visit to her parents. While we were there, her mom said she noticed that Noora has changed for the better and that she shares what she has learned with her brothers all the time.

Twelve-year-old Yassa works in a very dangerous job. He has learned to take care and pay attention to what’s around him, like uncovered wires, dangerous and dark roads, and high places. He said that he has stopped climbing the school wall!

There are many stories like these told by the children that show the changes that took place in their lives because of the work we are able to accomplish here.

 

Women of Ezbit el Nakhl

In our recent lesson, we have presented subjects about health like the flu and how to take care of yourself and your children. We also talked about breast cancer, its symptoms, causes, and ways of prevention, which include eating more healthy fruits and vegetables.

Recent lessons also taught about social subjects like the characteristics of each age. We discussed how to understand children at certain ages and how to deal with a son or daughter—especially if they are teenagers. We also mentioned how too much intervention in the married lives of grown children by parents would cause problems.

Other lessons also covered moral subjects such as mercy and faithfulness. What is mercy? When talking with our children and our spouses, we need to be faithful when we promise them anything. We ought to be honest and do what we promised.

Some psychological subjects we covered relate to anger, love, tenderness, and forgiveness.

The subject that really touched the women was mercy. They were very interactive and had a positive attitude toward helping strangers, like elderly people and little children.

For the coming month, we plan to continue with our lessons, sewing training, and medical events. We will continue teaching lessons that cover psychological, social, and moral areas for the women and children. Sewing training will begin for the first time in Ezbit el Nakhl. Visits and caring for poor families will continue. And finally, we are preparing medical events for both women and children.

 

Farhan & Lydia
GHNI National Field Leaders