Author Archives HANDS

  • Eman’s life has been far from easy. As a mother of two from Alexandria, both Eman’s husband and son have been diagnosed with chronic health conditions. With piles of bills, their family found themselves in debt.  Since her husband was unable to work because of his illness, Eman desperately needed to find a way  to […]

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  • Marwa Mohssen is a HANDS’ Professional Fellows alum, who is passionate about empowering women. With the experience and knowledge she gained through our program, Marwa has launched a new project to improve the lives of working mothers at her workplace, the headquarters of CARE Egypt. One of her main goals in this project is to find […]

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  • After graduating from a technical institute, Mary worked  in tourist bazaars as an accountant for various artisans. Each day, she watched the craftspeople create and sell their products. She was intrigued by watching the process of transforming copper, silver, and leather into marketable products–and became one of the bazaar’s best customers. Eventually, Mary was inspired to join […]

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  • Samira–like many women living in Egypt’s underserved communities–never attended schooling above the elementary level or had any paid work experience. Devastated by the passing of her husband, Samira found that feeding her children was no easy task. She used small donations given to her by a local community organization, but they barely covered her family’s […]

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  • Looking for the perfect holiday shopping opportunity? Look no further! Please join HANDS for our 2018 holiday handicraft sale at our office on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our products are made by artisans at the Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE), a job skills training program for women living […]

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  • Looking for the perfect holiday shopping opportunity? Look no further! Please join HANDS for our 2018 holiday handicraft sale on December 7, 8, and 9 from 12pm to 7pm at the St. Mary & St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church 241 East 62nd Street, New York City (Between Second and Third Avenues). Our products are made by artisans […]

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  • Our online Arabic classes offer an opportunity to those studying at the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels to master your language skills. You will study with native Arabic speaking instructors from Egypt. Through one-on-one interaction with a qualified Arabic language instructor, you will learn a lot about the local culture too. Our local teachers will […]

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  • MOHAMED RABEA My name is Rabea, and I am from Cairo, Egypt. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Linguistics and Literature and have been teaching Arabic as a foreign language to students of the most diverse nationalities for more than six years. I have experience teaching students at different levels from absolute beginners to […]

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  • HANDS is pleased to announce our new online seminar “Understanding Contemporary Egypt,” which will explore Egypt through a variety of topics over the course of six weeks from October 2 to November 6. The seminar will bring together speakers from Egypt and the U.S to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Egypt today. […]

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  •           Fatma is an Egyptian businesswoman with high ambitions. Together with her four employees, who are also her sisters, she makes wedding dresses at her workshop. She has markets in Alexandria and in Cairo and advertises her dresses through social media. Her Facebook page has over eight-hundred likes!       […]

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