After high school, Bishoy was selected among 50 students to receive a scholarship, fully funded by USAID, to pursue his bachelor’s degree in political science from the British University in Egypt. As part of the scholarship package, he was selected to study abroad in the USA. Accordingly, he was placed at University of California, Davis, where he co-authored a research paper outlining the externalities of civil wars in Syria, Myanmar and Sudan. This research was presented by the professor at the United Nations Office at Geneva. Afterwards, he volunteered with Catholic Relief Services, Egypt, and worked on an educational project funded by UNHCR. Ever since he started studying political science, he realized how politics negatively affect the destiny of many people who are caught in the crossfire between different ideologies, beliefs, interests and leaders. Thus, he believes that it is his duty to make use of his education and knowledge to help relieve those who have been negatively impacted. Through the Lazord Fellowship, he is currently placed at Save the Children International in Egypt where he is providing refugees and asylum seekers with appropriate job opportunities to enhance their economic and social resilience in an attempt to reduce the risk of unsafe migration.
Samar Abdelrahman is currently working as a Campaign Manager with Save the Children Egypt and finalizing a Master’s Degree thesis in Globalization and Development Studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Law and Political Economy from the American University in Cairo. She has more than 5 years’ experience as an aid worker, during which she worked with various international organizations in Egypt and abroad.
“In a world controlled by corporations and financial interests, I believe I am working the job of my dream; I am working in a job that is highly associated with my values and the things that I have faith in. Without being totally utopian about humanitarian work, it is, to a far extent, a work that offers actual help to unprivileged people. Yes, humanitarian work saves thousands of lives every day. We remember the people who are forgotten or abused by their governments and/or the world. I can see closely the changes that I am help making for those people in need and what other that can be more satisfactory in a job. And this is exactly what makes my work not just a job, but my lifestyle, passion, and commitment.”