"From a region, and a country, that provides so many stories of conflict, Marty Makary and Ellen Vaughn have brought us an extraordinary story of compassion and hope. In serving the children of Cairo’s garbage slums, Mama Maggie walks in the sandals of Mother Teresa, demonstrating how a single, transformed life can transform so many others. In chronicling her life, Makary and Vaughn have provided a vivid picture of how concentrated urban poverty can be confronted and defeated by education, mentoring, love and the leadership of women. Maggie and her organization, Stephen’s Children, show the enormous, life-changing power that is unleashed when mercy, faith and joy are combined. The world will be a better place if Mama Maggie inspires both admiration and emulation.”
"Mama Maggie is the white angel of Cairo's garbage city. Without her love, shining radiance and tireless practical help, thousands of lives would be hell on earth. No flash in the pan, her life work is truly worthy of a Nobel Prize, and this beautifully written book brings her to the wider attention she deserves."
"A remarkable woman who is changing the world and teaching us about ourselves. A deeply inspiring story."
About The Book
From marketing maven to angel of the garbage district—the inspiring authorized biography of Maggie Gobran, the “Mother Teresa of Egypt.”
Since 1997, Maggie Gobran and her organization Stephen’s Children have been changing lives in Cairo’s notorious zabala, or garbage slums. Her innovative, transformational work has garnered worldwide fame and multiple Nobel Prize nominations, but her full story has remained untold—until now.
Bestselling authors Martin Makary and Ellen Vaughn chronicle Mama Maggie’s surprising pilgrimage from privileged child to stylish businesswoman to college professor pondering God’s call to change. She answered that call by becoming the modest figure in white who daily navigates piles of stinking trash, bringing hope to the poorest of the poor. Smart and savvy, as tough as she is tender, Maggie Gobran is utterly surrendered to her mission to the “garbage people” who captured her heart.
At her request, the book also spotlights the people she serves—the men, women, and children who prove every day what a little bit of help and a lot of love can do.