A school in the garbage city.

Cairo, Egypt. We went over to Ezbet El Nakhl, the second largest garbage city in Cairo, with 20,000 people who live there. It’s smaller than the main one but the needs are just as great. Perhaps greater.

Garbage city

There is a great ministry at this garbage city with a school for kids. The Mahaba (Agape) School has has shifts during the day and evening so about 2,600 students are learning to read and write. I visited the school with two of my daughters and some friends.

Classroom and abi

Of course Mahaba can’t accept all the students which is really sad.┬áIt’s weird how we in the West complain about going to school and here the kids cry when they cannot attend. It’s their only chance at a normal life. Students come to school for free but there is a need for sponsorship – about US$330 a year covers tuition for one student.


We also visited a class of older girls who are learning skills in sewing and crafts. Many of them never went to school and cannot read or write. I think my daughters were realizing what a privileged life they have enjoyed.

This ministry, called The Daughters of St Mary Convent, also runs the Salam Hospital which treats over 200 patients a day. Dr Adel showed us around the various operating rooms. But the greatest need, says Dr Adel and Sister Maria [below], is a new school.

Cairo ministry


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Is this the same school that also has a class for handi-capped kids? I volunteered there during my years in Cairo. Just wondering if it’s the same place – I don’t know that I ever formally knew the name of the school…

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