This blog was originally designed to keep me sane as I began learning Arabic. It morphed into a blog of musings about Arabic, the Middle East, and the Islamic World, as well as book reviews about those topics. Then, the blog became a place to keep my family and friends updated on my adventures while I was living abroad. During May and June of 2012, I had a 6-week long internship in Cairo, Egypt through a international student organization called AIESEC. I taught English at the Awladi Orphanage in Cairo, home to several hundred children. I lived in an apartment in Nasr City before moving to Maadi (each is a distinct area of Cairo). I experienced President Mursi's election, camped in the western desert, rode camels by the pyramids, and had countless other experiences. I have since moved past this blog, on towards new endeavors, but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Awlady or "Awladi" Explained

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I am so excited to be joining Awladi's AIESEC team for the summer!
First: "Awladi" means "my kids" in Arabic.
Second: I will be using "Awladi" from here on out instead of "Awlady." Both are technically correct, however, while "Awlady" is what the AIESEC group uses, "Awladi" is the proper spelling according to the organization itself!

Orphanages in the Middle East work a little differently than they do in the U.S., because the Islamic view of orphans is totally different.
If you only have time to read one, definitely take a look at the article below from the Cairo Times.
I have read it several times since applying for the Awladi internship. It blends together information about Islamic Family Law, government policy, and social norms.

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Awladi's Objectives

Article about Awlady in the Cairo Times (this is the most informative source)

It is recommended here as a good place to volunteer while on vacation.

Article on the function of orphanages in Egypt.

Even Naomi Campbell visited!

Finally, here is a fascinating law article about the legal rights of non-marital children in Egypt.

McDonald's Egyptian branch supports Awladi.

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