What urged a former Mrs. World to travel to the ends of the earth to get involved with the Beja people? Manda Gomes, S4J athlete and former Mrs. World Universal 2013, did just that by traveling with a team from South Africa. Her mission was to, as part of the S4J, connect with Beja people where they live in North East Africa.
Who are the Beja peoples?
The Beja is a group of traditionally nomadic shepherds who live scattered across the desert regions of Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea. The Beja are an important people group and represent the largest non-Arabic ethnic group between the Nile River and the Red Sea. They are an assertive people with small, strong, wiry frames, long noses, and oval faces.
How are we involved with them?
The focus of SSNET among the Beja people is to bring hope and relief in practical ways. We do this through the people who live and work among the Beja. This help is given in various forms like addressing critical medical and educational needs. More specifically, eye surgery and learning resources.
How did decide how to be involved?
A team from South Africa visited Egypt in February 2019. Through a journey of discovery, the group was lead to decide on supporting eye surgeries and education among the Beja people. A first donation was made towards this during the visit to Egypt.
Our involvement with the Beja people stretches over many years. As a fundraiser, this is the baby among the four S4J projects. Although in its first year of inception, as a fundraising project this group is in the lead for quite a number of months now.