Student club helps refugees in Cairo

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Student Action for Refugees is holding an awareness campaign during the month of November at AUC, which will involve a number of activities and distribution of important information about refugees in Egypt.

The vice president of the Student Action for Refugee club (STAR), Nada El-Kouny, explains that the club will set up a booth that will provide the students with information about their upcoming activites to highlight this issue.

She also added that there will be a film screening and a singing performance soon.

The awareness campaign will give the AUC community an opportunity to buy products created by the STAR handicraft classes, and T-Shirts to raise funds.

El Kouny adds that “the majority of refugees are: Sudanese, Iraqis, Somalis, Eritrean and Ethiopians, in addition to a large variety of other nationalities.” STAR offers English, Arabic and handicraft classes.

“We are also starting up a computer teaching program and our own library in Ain Shams is currently under construction,” said El Kouny.

She also pinpointed that there is a scholarship opportunity offer for the top five leading graduates every semester to attend the School of Continuing Education at AUC.

STAR was started in 2001 at AUC, and was inspired by a similar program in the United Kingdom. It is the only student run university club that serves refugees in Cairo. The club is supported by the Center for Migration and Refugee studies at AUC. Its mission is “to provide support to refugees of all nationalities in Cairo.” It is comprised of 12 staff members, 60 teachers and 500 refugees that come from diverse backgrounds.