Taking Bold Steps to Change

Ezbit el Nakhl Village, Egypt

Children of Ezbit el Nakhl

Jumana, a nine-year-old girl, attends our 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 that 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, where 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.

Women of Ezbit el Nakhl

Om Amjad, one of the ladies who regularly attends our lessons, listens with great interest. She actively participates in discussions and writes notes for important lesson points and how they are to be applied. One lesson was about love. The subject 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.

GHNI National Field Leader