Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Winter Coat Initiative

LEAD has started a special fund to purchase coats for those who are without during the winter months. Egypt may be known for being hot and sunny, but in the winter night temperatures drop as low as 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit) in downtown Cairo, with temperatures on the outskirts of the city where our programs are held being significantly lower (average 1 degree Celsius, 34 degrees Fahrenheit).

Many of the youth are without jackets and instead layering several shirts in an attempt to stay warm when attending programming during the evening hours. The Winter Coat Initiative provides jackets to those who are without through a local clothing store. Jackets cost 380 EGP ($69 USD) and allow the young men to stay warm and have an item that is high-quality, durable, and can be used for several years.

You can make a donation to the Winter Coat Initiative through our GiveMeaning website.

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