Archive for the ‘People of ESMA’ Category

New interviews with ESMA founders Mona Khalil and Bahra Fahmy

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Cairo Scene interview with ESMA founder Bahra Fahmy

Friday, March 16th, 2018

PHASE – ESMA joint bazaar on Saturday 8th June 11.30 am – 5.30 pm

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

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) 


Ramadan Iftar at ESMA

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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.

Sitting down to eat together

Dr. Karim el Demerdash and Dr. Karim Hegazi with senior shelter worker Walid Ibrahim

Mona Khalil makes sure that everyone’s plate is full


The human faces of ESMA: film director Sherif Amasha takes a starring role with Egypt’s neediest horses

Sunday, 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.

Horses line up for treatment in the shadow of the Pyramids

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.

Sherif examines a horse at Nezlet El Samman

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.

Sherif with members of the ESMA and Brooke team