“El Nafeza” the word in itself speaks aloud the creativity, talent, humanity etc at the global level surpassing the boundaries of Egypt.
El Nafeza is basically an NGO (Non-Profit Organisation) which was started in 2005 in Egypt that helps the environment by converting rice straws into paper and then working towards creation of handmade products like notebooks, lantern, carry bags, pencil stand etc which becomes an attraction for the tourist from all over the world.
My journey with this NGO started through AIESEC which helped me in meeting an extraordinary NGO with extremely talented and creative people that bestowed unflinching support.
During my early stages of working in this NGO, I felt like “where have I come?”, Would we be able to communicate with each other or not, as it was an Arabic country” and many more questions popped up every now and then in my mind justifying my inhibitions.
But somewhere, at some corner I had a gut feeling that my days with this NGO would be a mind-blowing learning experience, So, I believed my instincts and continued to initially drag myself off the bed and attend El Nafeza almost every day.
As days passed by, I was bewildered by the amazing people, their artistic talents and patience that helped me gain my confidence and determination, “Kudos to my gut feeling”!!!!!
It was like my second home where I was enjoying, having fun teaching Hindi and learning Arabic and dining together with the adorable people of El Nafeza.
Infact I felt proud of myself to be connected with this NGO when me and my team of El Nafeza found our way in reputed news channels like “BBC Arabic” and “France24”.We also held the exhibition of decorative paper works in one of the largest exhibition centres “The Cairo international book fair” that was highly applauded by the visiting tourist.
Clipping from BBC Arabic
Clipping from France24
Now with each passing day, I could feel my sentiments, my heartfelt connection with the people of My NGO growing and when I returned back to India, I had those adorable and nostalgic feeling.
Through this article, I want to extend my love and gratitude to the entire El Nafeza family who made me feel home when I was far from home. I am very fortunate to be connected with this NGO “El Nafeza”.