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Supporting Families During the Coronavirus Crisis

The centre for diaconic services was established in 2010 by the patriarchate of the Coptic Catholic Church. It offers a range of social and pastoral activities and initiatives, addressed above all towards women, families and young people. In addition to this there are various aid programs for those in need, including practical life skills, literacy courses, ongoing educational programs, a range of meaningful leisure activities for children and young people, as well as guidance in living a life of faith and many other worthwhile activities on the programme. The activities are organised in a number of different centres.

Learning to Master the Digital Universe

Owing to the coronavirus, the range of possibilities have now become limited. Direct face-to-face gatherings are no longer possible, but the centre has just recently been able to launch on the Internet, and one particular initiative it is offering is online courses aimed at helping women and intended to support families in overcoming the difficulties associated with limited contact with others and school and kindergarten and sports club closures.

The programs support healthy and constructive living. The idea is to teach women to become familiar with the new technologies and learn to use them effectively, providing them with knowledge in these media to accompany their children in using them. Now that so many other leisure activities have become impossible and some of the schooling also takes place online, children are spending much more time on the Internet.

This offers an opportunity, but also a danger. The idea therefore, is to help mothers appreciate the positive aspects of the Internet while at the same time shielding their children from its dangers. Moms are also offered help and ideas as to how to better organize this time and reflect on how relationships and communication be improved, faith deepened and families at the same time be supported in as far as possible limiting the negative impacts of the current crisis, especially on their children. These are all aspects that are already relevant, Coronavirus aside.

Currently there are 150 women taking part in these three-month courses.

ACN is supporting the program with a contribution of $4,350.

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