According to the charity SOS Children’s Village, there are in fact 1.7 million orphans in Egypt. Proximately thirteen percent of Egyptian children are born underweight. Egypt’s children and orphans from poor families have limited, if any, access to health and education services. The number of unwanted and abandoned children grows every year, especially in the large urban areas such as Cairo or Alexandria. Government centres are incapable of providing the necessary care. These children’s only hope of a normal existence lies with the orphanages and care homes run by the Coptic Catholic Church.