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Travelers assist with a lesson at a primary school in Luxor.

"The students were very respectful and appeared above average in skills, very grateful. The young women [at the sewing workshop] made quality scarves, jewelry and hair accessories and were very appreciative of Grand Circle Foundation."


Diane Jandrasits – Coplay, Pennsylvania

 

Travelers with OAT may visit ...

Al Taref School
Saad Zaghlol School
Women's Sewing Workshop at Bearat
Partner since: 2009
Total donated: $6000

Primary Schools: The Al Taref and Saad Zaghlol schools represent different Egyptian educational models. Al Taref is a traditional government school, where English is taught beginning in the fourth year of primary school. Saad Zaghlol is an experimental language school, where English is taught in the first year. Both schools, however, have similar needs: The government provides only the very basics, such as buildings and teachers' salaries. Therefore, the schools are seriously lacking equipment.

Grand Circle Foundation's first grant for each school has provided a music room equipped with keyboards, accordions, drums, and other instruments to enable the children to express themselves creatively.

School in session:

First term early October through early January; second term late February through late May  

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Pens (colored and normal)
  • Stickers and coloring/painting books
  • Small toys

Women's Sewing Workshop: In general, the community of Bearat lacks funds for necessary needs. As part of our Invest in a Village initiative, our sewing project will help women here improve their skills and generate much-needed income to support their families. The machines, supplies, and training fees funded by this project will enable 35 women to increase their output and thereby sell more garments than they possibly could sewing by hand—and they will also provide jobs for other women who currently have no source of income. The women will create traditional Egyptian galabeya  dresses, school uniforms, scarves, and table linens. 
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Travelers with Grand Circle may visit ...

Abu Bakr Experimental School
El Shohadaa School
Wadi El Malakat School
Partner since: 2009
Total donated: $3000 

The Abu Bakr Experimental School is an experimental language school in Luxor, where English is taught from grade one and parents must pay a fee to enroll their children. Wadi El Malakat and El Shohadaa are traditional government schools where children begin learning English in their fourth year. At Abu Bakr, a Foundation grant has purchased a copy machine. At Wadi El Malakat, we've funded a music room and microphone. And at El Shohadaa, we've provided a radio cassette player, a ping-pong table for recreation, and a small music room.

School in session:

First term early October through early January; second term late February through late May  

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Any stationery tools
  • Educational books in English (with photos)
  • Small toys