I have been somewhat neglectful of writing in the last year largely because since Egypt faces the after storms of a very eventful revolution, the work of Malayka House did not only transform into a new job (damage control) – but also got a totally different meaning (survival). I think mainly, the team wanted to report something when they would finally know what they are doing.
Back late in the year 2011, we had been doing some urgent projects in order to help people we had been working for and with, to save their homes. We had high hopes for the year 2012 but the outbreaks of the revolution kept on-going and made a ‘moving forward’ into bigger and better for Malayka House nearly impossible. The project focussed on handling little means and on helping those who have already been under our umbrella. The teams – especially the one in Egypt – had been working hard on improving their performance and at least when it came to the drug education we managed to help a handful to live a proper life.
However, not everything about the last two years have been bad. We learnt a lot from our mistakes, losses and miscalculations and yes, we survived. Malayka House today arises as a small organization in Egypt, especially in Cairo, helping 13 beautiful young souls to find their way in the shades of a very corrupted government, but in the shelter of 12 great families who give security, care, and provide – most importantly – hope for us to continue. It was hard. Fighting for a better future in the Middle East became more a thought in the back of the minds of each and everyone participating but helping individuals became the true rewarding challenge to face and master. As I said before, we learnt a lot. We learnt to separate from those who promised big change and help, and to focus on those who worked hard and preferred to stay in the background.
Speaking of which, I dedicate my thank you’s today to two people from two different spots in the world. I thank Stefan Meinert who helped shipping equipment, wheel chairs and medication all the way from Germany and who would not stop until he made the impossible happen. Your dedication changed a lot in us. It is truly heart-warming to see what a short trip to Egypt had caused in you, and to what motion it inspired you. For such an initiative you deserve more than words. I cannot say, Malayka House association is thankful towards you, because you are already part of the vision and the on-going dream that desires to be fulfilled.
The second thank you goes to Xavier Darteville who again proved that kindness has no limits. You pulled Malayka House out of the misery more than once, and in 2012 especially, you helped us out of our miscalculations to ensure providing those with security who already relied on our promise.
This is a short summary of what is and what was but yet again a hint for the readers and all the people who are interested to know that we are still here – to soon plan new projects for those who need us the most. Children in need.
More coming soon.
I.T – We “still” believe…