News and articles from David and Gillian Maganda

Christmas Greetings

It absolutely amazes me how time flies. One week runs into another and before you know it, another year is coming to an end! We’ve been really bad at keeping in touch with people this year – and we apologize that demands of work have kept us from doing the really important things, like keeping in touch with you!

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Posted on Mon, 03 Dec 2007

Gang Violence Escalating

This past Thursday evening, my beloved husband arrived home from work tired, hungry and in need of a listening ear. He’d had a hard day at the office. Suddenly he had the urge to visit Refuge Egypt’s pre-school, which is very close to our house, and check up on the Youth English classes. About 5 minutes after he arrived, around 20 gang members descended upon the pre-school and were trying to force their way in the gate. They were looking for a certain rival gang member and started beating one of our staff members who was baracading the door.

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Posted on Mon, 03 Dec 2007

Knocked Down and Left to Die

One incident that really upset us recently, was that of a Sudanese man, who was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver. He was left lying at the side of the road for 2 full days and nights. His injuries were quite extensive and one passerby even threw a dirty blanket over him because they thought he was dead. Eventually after 2 days of no food; no water; and no good samaritian in sight, one Egyptian man stopped as he suspected the man was still breathing.

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Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2007

Refuge Egypt: Situation Update September 2007

During the past 3 months, Refuge Egypt has continued to focus upon its 7 core objectives in providing a place where refugees feel welcome; continuing to be the main healthcare provider for refugees in Egypt; Offering emergency assistance and spiritual encouragement; providing opportunities for individuals to become self-sufficient; advocating for the most vulnerable within the refugee community and offering limited education opportunities for children, challenged youth and adult education classes.

Despite a drop in numbers accessing our services during the first 6 months of 2007, this past quarter we have registered a significant increase in refugees, and in particular those coming from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2007

Prayer Requests: November 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve been on my blog – simply because we have been swamped with work. With funding reports to write; proposals to update and many visitors, life is never boring – that’s for sure! Here’s a few prayer requests for us as a family for the coming months.

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Posted on Fri, 16 Nov 2007

Refuge Egypt: Situation Update September 2007

During the past 3 months, Refuge Egypt has continued to focus upon its 7 core objectives in providing a place where refugees feel welcome; continuing to be the main healthcare provider for refugees in Egypt; Offering emergency assistance and spiritual encouragement; providing opportunities for individuals to become self-sufficient; advocating for the most vulnerable within the refugee community and offering limited education opportunities for children, challenged youth and adult education classes.

Despite a drop in numbers accessing our services during the first 6 months of 2007, this past quarter we have registered a significant increase in refugees, and in particular those coming from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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Posted on Sun, 30 Sep 2007