Why (Luxor) Egypt?

Arriving in Luxor is like have one foot in the present and the other a step into distant past. Or two steps. Maybe even three. Luxor sits in the Egyptian south on the site of Thebes, the ancient Egyptian capital when the pharaohs were at their height. Today, Luxor is a reminder of that past, featuring two well-preserved temples along the Nile River along with countless towering statues of former governors and pharaohs. There’s a reason Luxor is known as the world’s greatest open-air museum, and that makes it the perfect place for a beautiful — and educational — marathon.

people standing near brown pillars

ancient pharaoh sitting monument

yellow and white sailboat

Why Heya Masr?

Heya Masr is one of a handful of surviving women’s organizations created during the Egyptian uprisings of 2011. Today, with the Egyptian government limiting many civil liberties, especially the freedom of social organizations, Heya Masr and other women’s initiatives operate from the margins of society and must fight even harder to make the impacts they see possible. Heya Masr does its part by coordinating a variety of educational workshops for middle class and disadvantaged young women. These range from character building, nutrition, and healthy habits to sexual harassment awareness and self defense. With a goal for self sufficiency after the classes end, Heya Masr works with over 200 students each year, now across 4 centers, to offer them opportunities not seen elsewhere in the country.

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