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Among the poorest of Egypt's poor, the so-called "zabbaleen" who scavenge through garbage to eke out a living in a Cairo slum struggle to keep their children in school.Set up 30 years ago by French nun Sister Emmanuelle, the Mahaba School taking its name from the Arabic word for love shields around 3,000 pupils from the outside world in a clean and friendly environment.The founder died 10 years ago at the age of 99, and the school is now run by Sister Demiana.Mahaba and other slum-based education initiatives have found it especially hard to make ends meet in recent years, due to a financial crisis in Egypt.Around 28 percent of Egypt's 96 million inhabitants were living under the poverty line in 2015, according to official figures which have not been updated since.The school is part-funded by Asmae the NGO set up by Sister Emmanuelle in 1980 that sponsors 200 pupils.
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