Cairo - Mokattam, Egypt
Walk alongside the poor and marginalized in the mega-cities of the developing world and begin to understand how God can transform lives and urban settings.
While the pyramids, the Nile, and the rich culture may appeal to foreigners, such romanticism may not be prevalent among the nearly 12 million people who live in Cairo. Every 10 months, Egypt's population grows by 1 million every day, and Cairo sees an influx of 1,000 new residents. 15% of Cairo's population does not have access to potable water, 4.2 million residents live without access to a sewage system, and it has one of the poorest air pollution levels in the world.
InterVarsity will send a team of college students this summer to the garbage collector community of Mokattam, in Cairo. The garbage collectors community is a very impoverished area on the outskirts of Cairo near the rugged Mokattam Hills. Residents of this community are predominantly Coptic Christians. They recycle the garbage they collect from greater Cairo into products which are then sold for profits, which provide most of their income. Students will live in the garbage community either with local families or at the St. Simon's Monastery. They will serve at various ministries in the area including St. Simon's Handicapped/Home Visits Ministry, tutoring English at the Boys Recycling Center, and tutoring English at the Association for the Protection of the Environment, among others.
As students experience daily life and the needs of this community, they may begin to sense God's call to longer-term service among the urban poor.