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ESMA needs your help: please consider becoming a regular supporter, at any level.
Dear ESMA community, we need your help. We are again facing and unknown level of social unrest along with economic effects here in Egypt, based on recent political events. We are blessed to have the number of supporters and followers that we do, but are forced to come to you to ask for your financial support, in a time when economic pressures within Egypt have caused us to lose one third of our local regular monthly contributions, and the price increases on basic commodities have caused our expenses to skyrocket. We are entirely supported from individual donors within Egypt and from abroad. Yet we have to continue to meet our basic operating expenses every month, whatever the rate the donations come in.
We are facing a financial crisis for several reasons: because we have continued to see a drop in our local contributions, as Egyptians are finding they have to cut unnecessary expenses including donating to local charities. At the same time, the price on meat, chicken, rice and bread, as well as dry pet food, has continued to rise. Working in Egypt, animal welfare falls ever lower on the list of concerns when the social, economic and political climate continues to worsen for people, but we have to continue in spite of these obstacles. We are now facing unpaid bills to our food vendors, the lifeline for our animals, and the prospect of a long and hot summer.
As those of you who follow this page already know, we have had to close our door to any new admissions excepting only the most urgent ones. We struggle to simply meet the immense ongoing monthly costs to care for almost 900 souls in our cat and dog shelters. We are coming to you now to ask you to please consider becoming a regular supporter, at any level.
With over 20,000 followers on Facebook, we hope that some of you will choose to help us. How can you do that?
1. If you have never contributed, we hope you will consider joining the regular sponsors we now have and signing up to make a regular monthly donation, any amount is appreciated.
2. If you are already making a monthly contribution, consider raising it by even a few dollars.
3. If you cannot contribute but believe in what we are doing, there may be someone you know who can, so pass the word along to your friends who love animals.
We estimate that it costs 300 Egyptian Pounds to provide care to a cat or dog every month, or approximately 40 USD. But we have monthly donors who give anywhere from ten to one hundred dollars a month, and any amount is welcome. All of the money received by ESMA in Egypt or through Animal Diplomacy goes directly for food, medical treatment and shelter of the animals.
If you live in Egypt:
If you are local, please contact us to arrange for your donation to be picked up at your home or work. Contact Mona Khalil at 01222188823 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for arrangements.
If you live outside Egypt in Europe, the US, or Australia:
ESMA is a project of Animal Diplomacy, a registered US charitable organization in the US that supports our work. Make a recurring or one-time donation from almost anywhere in the world through
If you live in the UK:
Please contact Julie Dodd of ESMA UK at
email@example.com for details of our UK account.
If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact ESMA treasurer Debbie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
PHASE – ESMA joint bazaar on Saturday 8th June 11.30 am – 5.30 pm
This event brings the two societies together under one roof helping both human and animal victims of neglect, abuse and trauma. Come visit us, find out more about both societies, meet the people involved, join, sponsor or donate if you wish, and at the same time pick up some great bargains (all proceeds go to P.H.A.S.E and E.S.M.A).
At P.H.A.S.E.’s premises:
32 Road 103 ::: Maadi ::: Phone 0100682388/01008995878/25283952
Hope to see you there for the sake of ‘All God’s Creatures’
(Donated items gratefully accepted to sell to raise funds at the event)
ESMA wants to send a big thank you to 1-800-Petmeds for making a donation of a box of animal care supplies for the animals in our shelters. These donation box will be delivered to Cairo by one of our ESMA supporters, who will be coming to Cairo soon to volunteer at the shelter. We appreciate both the efforts of our American supporter to coordinate this donation, as well as the fact that 1-800-PetMeds is a company willing to support an organization outside the US through their shelter donations program. Acts of generosity like this are what enable us to continue our work to improve the lives of Egypt’s animals.
Although Ramadan is over, we wanted to share a few images from our ESMA iftar (meal to break the fast) that was held in the courtyard of the Shabramont cat shelter. Breaking the fast with friends and loved ones is one of the best aspects of Ramadan, and this evening was no exception. It is very rare that the people who keep ESMA going day to day are able to sit down together in a social setting, and so this was a great opportunity for the ESMA board, shelter workers, vets and volunteers to bond over some homemade Egyptian food.
The human faces of ESMA: film director Sherif Amasha takes a starring role with Egypt’s neediest horsesSunday, August 19th, 2012
Although you may be familiar with the animals ESMA helps, you may not know so much about the people who make our work possible. This month we are introducing a feature on our blog where we will introduce the “Esmarians” behind ESMA, highlighting a new face each month.
An independent film director and instructor at the Higher Institute for Cinema in Cairo, Sherif Amasha has a deep love of animals. He joined ESMA’s circle of volunteers just before the revolution, in December 2010. At that time, no one anticipated the revolution that would begin just the next month, nor did anyone imagine the chain of events that would result in a massive crisis at the horse stables near the Pyramids when the revolution brought the flow of tourists to Egypt to a complete halt.
The owners of the stables tend to view their horses as commodities, not living creatures with their own rights, and when tourists stopped coming to ride their horses, they simply cut way back on the level of feeding.
ESMA stepped into the quickly deteriorating situation to provide relief to thousands of horses, and many of you made these very expensive efforts financially possible. What you might not have known was that once ESMA board member Susie Nassar got this program off the ground and running, it was Sherif who stepped into the leadership role to continue and coordinate ESMA’s horse feeding intervention and make it all possible.
This challenging role includes not only buying and packaging the feed, scheduling volunteers, setting up and supervising the distribution station, but, most importantly, working to establish a relationship of trust with the horse owners so that they will begin to listen to our advice on care and treatment. Sherif has always maintained that developing these relations is the key to improving welfare for these animals. Read more about Sherif and ESMA’s work with these horses in this excellent article by Ingrid Wassmann from El Ahram weekly.
For the last six months, ESMA has continued this program in partnership with The Brooke, and we hope that when our current Memorandum of Understanding with The Brooke ends, it will be willing to renew the agreement to continue working together since these horses are not yet being taken full care of by their owners.
We are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, May 28 from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday, May 29 from noon to 6pm. Please come visit us on the fourth floor at Pet Kingdom. For more information, please contact Julie Dodd at email@example.com