Beth Myriam of Egypt
Beit Miriam – Cairo
Beit Miriam in Cairo / Egypt was established in the year 2000, after True Life in God was introduced in various ways. This resulted in several visits of Vassula in Egypt. Soon after, Sr. Carina Maria NDS (Notre Dame de Sion), volunteered to take on the challenge, of Beit Miriam, beside many of her other responsibilities. A small room was rented in two different houses for cooking and distributing meals feeding about 20 of the poorest families (about 107 persons) in her area twice a week. When Vassula visited Cairo in 2009 and saw the poor condition of Beit Miriam, she urged Sr. Carina to rent a flat that would house the Beit Miriam in a dignified fashion where people would be uplifted by a friendly environment.
In April of 2010, Sr. Carina found and rented the current apartment. It has 3 rooms with a small kitchen net and bathroom. Beside cooking and distributing meals twice a week, the facility is used for prayer, social gatherings on special feasts and for teaching and encouraging a community atmosphere.
Beit Miriam Cairo serves 33 families / about 165 persons twice a week. These families have been recognized as social welfare cases and are registered as such (although without receiving any aid from governmental sources). Each Wednesday and Saturday they receive cooked food that is prepared in the Beit Miriam headquarters.
For lack of space and to better serve the family unity, the meals are collected by one member of the family and eaten at home adjusting to the schedule of each family. Initially, enough food was provided, securing food for about four days. This has become difficult now with the constant increasing food prices and limited funds.
In order to encourage the disadvantaged from their daily struggles, Sister Carina Maria NDS, organizes from time to time special social events in the Beit Miriam home, i.e. teaching, prayer and social activities where special treats are being distributed. Treats being collected gifts over the year. Special treats: ice cream – which is extremely rare and only when extra funds are available.
Since 25 years, Sister Carina organizes a summer camp for socially disadvantaged pupils from the school she teaches. Ever since Beit Miriam is active, she invites the children of the Beit Miriam families along to the camp. The purpose is to provide a different environment apart from the very hot and over populated city of Cairo by bringing them to a vacation camp on the sea side of Egypt. According to the funds available it covers one week of accommodation, bus fare, entrance fees to the beach, cinema, other recreational activities and all pre-cooked meals / drinks, ice cream etc. 15 youth volunteers help Sister Carina supervising the children.
Up to 130 Children from the age of 5 to 17 years old join this camp every year enjoying a refreshing holiday with swimming and play. It also provides a platform to educational activities in bible study, prayer and improving lacking social skills so as to learn respectful and cordial interaction between the children giving them an opportunity to bond in the Spirit of Love, encouraging them for the rest of the year.
By way of this occasion, Beth Myriam Cairo wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the generous benefactors and volunteers everywhere, who make our relief efforts in Cairo possible. May God bless and reward your generosity! Thank you!
Address: Cairo, Egypt
Responsible: Sr. Carina Minkarious NDS
Tel: +20 224829898