watching the TV show 20/20 in her living room in
Seattle. The show was about a Nun, in Egypt, that
was dedicating her retirement years to the
garbage-dump-city in CAIRO.
Atira has an Egyptian import business. When she saw
the show of the Nun and her works for the poor and
homeless at the garbage dump city, Atira knew she
had to help. Atira ordered the transcript from the
TV show and set out to see what she could do to
Atira asked everyone coming to a baby shower, at her
home, to bring a wash cloth
and soap. They thought she was nuts, until she told
She called her Dentist and Doctor's offices and
asked what kind of medicines would be needed to help
out in a poverty area.
She collected toothbrushes, bandages, etc....until
she had suitcases full of things
to take to Cairo with her. Her goal was to do her
part to help..
Atira was going
with a group on her next trip to Egypt so she asked
some of the other members in the tour group to help
by bringing used children's clothing , pencils, and
children's books with them to be given to this
caring Nun Sister E.
Eight other people were kind enough to collect and
bring pens, coloring books, clothes, and various
toys, to help.
On their arrival in Cairo, not knowing what to do
with the mountain of supplies for the Nun. She asked
the hotel manager if he could try and locate this
healer of the poor, and within days, he had located
the Nun. But the Nun was out of the country and
would not be back until Atira had returned to
The Hotel Manager said he would store the goods and
present them to the Sister E for Atira.
But, that is not the miracle part. The miracle is
how one person can effect the lives of others, how
our intentions lead us to miracles.
The hotel manager shared the story of Atira's kind
gesture,with other members of the tour.
As it turned out there were two people, who worked
with World Wide Health Care Project for the Poor.
They had never heard of Sister E. and her plight to
help the poor.
These men stayed in Cairo longer than Atira could,
and were there when the goods from Atira were
collected by Sister E.
These men ended up talking to Sister E. They were
able to get her funding for a Health Care Clinic.
When the hotel manager saw Sister E he realized that
she often had come into the hotel to use the phone,
and he just did not know who she was.
And now, she has FREE phone privileges in his hotel.
Atira wanted to help in a small way....this story
makes my heart smile and I hope it does yours too.
Helping in whatever way you can help makes miracles
unfold for others.
Atira still travels to Egypt regularity. She always
tries to take something to help Sister E. It was
three years before Atira was able to meet Sister E.
In person. It was a wonderful meeting with heart
felt thanks and a new found friendship. The last
time she was there the 66 children needed only $75
extra for vaccinations, and Atira paid for these
children. This is one of the finest woman I know.
She did get to help in a greater way than she could
have ever imagined.
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