An Ethiopian mother and child suffering from malnutrition are treated at a CNEWA-sponsored clinic run by the Daughters of St. Anne. (photo: Petterik Wiggers)
Coptic bishop Amba Tadros of Port Said, Egypt, visits a church-run child care facility supported by CNEWA. (photo: Sean Sprague)
CNEWA’s work for the Church of Alexandria has involved serving the people in the Horn of Africa and Egypt. Our work there has been extensive and far-reaching. It touches on virtually every aspect of life in that corner of the world — from providing food to the formation of community and church leaders.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, CNEWA has rushed assistance to the Horn of Africa to feed those most affected by the severe drought: infants and school children, pregnant and nursing mothers, the elderly and sick. Utilizing the health stations, kindergartens, schools and parishes of the local church, CNEWA is saving the lives of tens of thousands of people living in the most remote of drought-affected areas.
Once scorned and often neglected, children with special needs have long been of special concern to the church. Men and women of the Church of Alexandria have sought out these extraordinary human beings, freeing them from their prisons of neglect and fear. By providing good care, these servants of the church free the parents from the cultural prejudices that once bound them to silence. And CNEWA has accompanied them, helping the Franciscan Sisters of the Cross, for example, to teach children at Santa Lucia school for the blind in urban Egypt and the Daughters of St. Anne heal boys abandoned on account of their disability in rural Ethiopia.
For centuries, Africa has been the epicenter of the migration of peoples — bound as slaves, captured for the sex trade, victimized by war and poverty or persecuted on account of their faith or ethnicity, Africans make up a plurality of the displaced throughout the world. For decades, CNEWA has assisted the Church of Alexandria’s many efforts to help these displaced men and women, many of them young people in need of psychosocial, pastoral and educational assistance.
Who develops these aid initiatives? Who places themselves at the service of society to help those who cannot help themselves? Often, it is men and women of faith who, motivated by the Gospel, are compelled to respond. CNEWA is particularly proud of its efforts to foster the formation of these servants of God as priests, religious and lay leaders of the Church of Alexandria, Catholic and Orthodox.
Throughout Egypt and the Horn of Africa, CNEWA supports vocational centers and university chaplaincies, seminaries and clergy training centers, houses of formation and retreat centers.
Reaching the youth is key to building a healthy church and society. CNEWA’s support for child care initiatives throughout the Church of Alexandria is unparalleled — and perhaps our single largest program in the region.
The Church of Alexandria has a long and rich history on the African continent — and CNEWA is proud to play a role in helping this church to thrive in the face of immense challenges.
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