She has now reached full maturity and has finally come into her own.
Although born in a well to-do family and brought up in comfortable circumstances, her intrinsic kindness and eagerness to help others manifested itself early. Her personal life was not enough to fulfil her need to give so she turned to society around her where there was scope to bring out her inherent goodness. She managed to turn negativity into a positive energy for good.
Well educated, pretty, well dressed, beautifully spoken, she landed a good job with a multinational company and did very well for a few years during which she gained invaluable experience that helped her later in achieving her real goal of efficiently helping others. Her eagerness to help manifested itself in her first act of selfless giving. She patronised a number of little orphan boys in an orphanage and was their own private little fairy Godmother.
She brought joy into their lives, she planned, paid for and accompanied them to outings they would never have dreamed of. She took them to international football matches played within Egypt, she brought them toys only children could dream about and she gave them good memories that would be more precious than any tangible gifts.
Her ‘boys’ grew up, became independent and started dispersing, each taken up with his own life, her role in their lives diminished her internal urge to help was looking for another, bigger outlet to satisfy this need to give. In the meantime she turned to religion, which in her view, manifested itself in her becoming veiled, not realising that her real faith was demonstrated, not in her appearance, but in her works.
It took her some time, but she has finally come into her own. She is now occupied full-time by her good works. Her creed is a kind of recycling. She encourages people to donate anything they no longer use, and she finds the people who need them and brings them their needs.
At a time when the economy is very strained, when everybody is feeling the pinch, she thought of and took practical steps to alleviate the economic strain felt by those in dire need of that help, but too proud to ask for it. These special cases are people of middle class but whose finances have deteriorated. She has started a business-like, one-woman organisation of social works assisting these people while preserving their dignity and pride. Only one person, usually a family member or friend, is the go-between.
When she first started she cleverly canvassed the people of her own social circle asking them if they had any old furniture or electrical equipment that they wanted to replace with new, and if they wanted to get rid of the old she would take it off their hands at no cost. She then, through a network of friends started finding out about families who were in strained financial circumstances and who needed help. She visited these families, got to understand their exact needs and accordingly tailored her help. If a family had a daughter that was getting married and they needed to furnish her new home but did not have the money, then the furniture she collected would be delivered to them. If a family was so destitute as needed a roof built then through donations, bought the materials, and then got the people to build their own roof.
If a family had a member that needed a costly operation she worked incessantly to get pertinent organisations to undertake it and she saw it through.
Her good works are taking off and her name is now being recognised with the circle of charity works, but she is so focused on what she is doing she impatiently dismisses any recognition.
She fights ferociously for her protégées and is angrily impatient with those seeking the appearance of charity for personal glory. She does not label it as charity, for to her it is normal behaviour. She even named her little group أرزاق meaning God given gifts.
Some of her effort is channeled to helping needy university students by providing them with decent clothes for free. She has now been able to get some small clothes factories to donate brand-new clothes for her work. Another aspect of her work is donating tools and raw materials to handcraft groups of Syrian refugees as well as second hand electrical equipment for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, cooks etc. to help them make a living. Her good works have spread to Fayoum, Beni Sweif and Assiut in the south, and there is now a sister group in the north in Alexandria.
Her good works have even spread to a certain church in Port Said. Charity does not differentiate between religions, that is her motto and that is her belief.
Throughout all this, to her, getting the people what they need is her main objective. She does not flaunt it, she just does it.
To me she is a modern day angel walking among us, looking like an ordinary human being, losing her temper when her work is hampered, talking fast and persuading others to help her help others, and thinking only of others not herself, her image or her glory. After all the cruelty I see around me, her very existence has restored my faith in humanity.
Her story should be taken as a role model for all of us. In these days of difficult economic constraints, when a great many people are feeling the pinch, those who can afford to are morally obligated to help. If there are more people like her the whole country could get through this difficult time relatively easily.
Bless you Dalia Nagy for who you are.