Dr. Magda Gibran: The Compassionate Humanitarian and Nobel Prize Nominee

Dr. Magda Gibran: The Compassionate Humanitarian and Nobel Prize Nominee

Dr. Magda Gibran, was known to everyone as Mother Maggie, devoted her life since the sixties of the last century to charity and serving humanity and the needy, whether in Cairo, her hometown, or in all countries of the world. She was nominated for the fifth time for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 through a large number of local and international bodies.

The 74-year-old mother, Maggie, took from her suffering a start for a heroism that generations inherited throughout history narrates. She was born in a poor neighborhood in Cairo, to a physicist father, in 1969. She married a rich man, but she decided to be close to the poor and work to serve them and help them with everything she had.

Magda Gibran gained the love of many people in various countries of the world; she was called the Egyptian Mother Teresa, due to her features and her white dress, which everyone used to see her in. Millions of children around the world know her as Mama Maggie, for her constant endeavor to get close to them and help them. She contributed to fighting their difficult circumstances and lift them out of the poor conditions and suffering they live in.

Dr. Magda Gibran graduated from the American University in Cairo after studying computer science. Moreover, she was working as a professor in the same field, before she decided to change her life. There were several situations that had a significant impact on her life decisions.

Dr. Magda then went to service work since 1985. Indeed, she founded the Stevens Children's Charitable Association in Cairo, which aims to meet the needs of poor families around the world and to serve children in all countries. Furthermore, she succeeded through her association in helping about 30,000 Egyptian families.

 

One of the most important situations that affected Dr. Maggie Gibran, or Mother Maggie, was her visit to the Zabbaleen in order to present toys and gifts to the children there during Christmas celebrations. However, she saw a shocking reality, piles of accumulated garbage, collapsed houses, and children who needed attention and care. At that time, she decided to support people in the poorest and most needy villages.

Magda helped thousands of families by providing money, food, and clothes. She helped in providing treatment to more than 40,000 illnesses annually, in addition to her voluntary work to provide training and psychological counseling for poor children, families, and mothers through 92 centers that provide care and education for more than 18,000 children.

 Mother Maggie was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Prize, the last of which was in 2020. The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, awarded her the Hope Makers Award in the Arab World in 2017 among 65,000 participants from 22 countries, due to her experience in the field of humanitarian work and serving humanity.

Magda also received the International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) from the US State Department. In March 2018, Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, honored her during the Egyptian Women’s Celebration. In addition to being awarded the International Women of Courage Award in 2019, by Melania Trump, wife of former US President, Donald Trump.

Dr. Magda Gibran is the first Egyptian woman who receives the International Women of Courage Award, for her great works. Dr. Magda Gibran said about her charitable work, in one of her previous meetings, "God gave us more than we could have hoped or imagined. He gave us a wonderful opportunity to reach poor children. If we want to get closer to Him, we must continue to support thousands of children who need love."