Madame Ovary's Pelvic Trust

A story about a girl who, on a whim, decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.





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There are more than a million persons in Egypt with physical or mental disabilities living in the fringes of society, out of which 3-4% suffer from an intellectual disability. Statistics for the disabled, however, are not very recent and numbers could be a lot higher because families are reluctant to disclose information about such members at home.  The disabled are hidden from ‘polite society’ because one of the many commonly held, but mistaken, beliefs is that disabilities are a form of divine retribution for a past misdeed, and therefore a cause of shame.
 
Due to these widespread social attitudes, people who are ‘different’  from the majority are marginalised, maybe even feared and loathed, certainly neglected and isolated.  They are therefore denied a Right to Live.

The Right to Live Association is a non-profit organisation catering to the needs of children and adults with mental disabilities. It was established in 1981 by the parents and families of those with intellectual disabilities. They provide a wide range of services which includes a rehabilitation center, vocational and pre-vocational workshops, two residential homes for young men and women, a training center for personnel working in the field and an early intervention center.

The aim of the association is to give the best possible services for the special needs individual and their families, and to encourage and train them to reach the highest level of independence depending on their own individual skills. 

Thanks to the help of many individuals and organizations, they have become one of the most reputable organizations working in the field in Egypt, with their services extending far beyond their initial premises to cover Egypt as a whole. This has been achieved through a number of protocols signed with different organizations to provide training and consultations to various associations working in the field, in addition to employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who graduated from other centers associations.

To ensure the continuity of our services during these hard times, we are requesting your support to the Right to Live Association by sponsoring one or more of our special children and youths. The cost of sponsoring one student in 2012 is LE30000 annually (equivalent to $5000).

The Association depends on grants, donations, sponsorships and fund-raising events to support its noble cause.  One of the initiatives that the RTLA uses to raise funds is the ‘7 day climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro’ in Tanzania.  

I am going to take up the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and intend to raise a minimum of USD 10,000 to donate to the Right to Live Association for the Intellectually Disabled. It’s as simple as clicking the ‘Donate’ button on the right. (that-a-way »»>)

With your donation, you will ensure that a mentally disabled individual will continue to receive the services and care (s)he deserves, and that (s)he, like everyone else, has the right to live, work, play and be part of life.