In the village of Kafr El Nasara, MCC supports literacy education through BLESS, a Coptic Orthodox organization that provides literacy classes in different parts of Egypt. Hanan Abanoub, a student in the literacy classes, reads with her children Abu Noub Sabour, 13, Girgis Sabour, 8, and Niveen Sabour, 7.
Seventy-year-old Fayek Habib Saliib, a literacy student, talks in his home in the village of Kafr El Nasara. He says one reason he wanted to learn to read and write was so he wouldn't get taken advantage of when signing documents and buying and selling.
In Hud El-Henna, a garbage collectors' settlement on the outskirts of Cairo, a Coptic Orthodox church sits beside a community center where literacy classes and a nursery school are held. Sister Vivan Adily teaches a literacy class.