Valuable Girl Project: Empower 1000 Girls in Egypt

by Coptic Orphans


This educational mentoring program empowers 1,000 at-risk girls in Egypt by creating and providing role models, increasing self-esteem, leadership skills, creativity, and educational attainment.
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Because of poverty, many girls and young women throughout Egypt must neglect their education in order to marry early, help in the fields, gain immediate employment or carry out domestic labor to meet family needs. When in school, they face gender bias in the classroom and lack positive, educated, female role models to support and inspire them. These conditions gravely limit their economic, political, and social empowerment. Through educational mentoring, VGP counteracts these forces.


VGP trains young women in secondary school to mentor girls in primary school, providing academic assistance as well as education on nutrition, hygiene, girls' rights, and civic participation. Mentors receive a monthly stipend for their efforts.

Long-Term Impact

This program will empower 1,000 girls and young women, increasing self-confidence, literacy, leadership skills, health care use and community engagement, and provide them with skills for future wage employment or enterprise.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Coptic Orphans

Location: Merrifield, Virginia - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nermien Riad
Merrifield, Virginia United States