ECN recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Robert Watson, one of the three co-founders of the charitable organization Songs4Children.The organization, based in Palo Alto, CA, held a unique fundraiser for ECN during this past Ramadan entitled “Hope Sings”. Songs4Children has since made ECN its’ primary fundraising cause.

Songs4Children was begun in the name of using music to raise money for and spread awareness of initiatives which would service children. It was through Songs4Children co-founder Mariam Helmy, who is of Egyptian descent, that ECN was first nominated as a potential cause. Ms. Helmy, in conjunction with co-founder Ms. Sophie Cristal and Mr. Watson, hosted their first opera recital in the early summer of 2012. Since then, they have had two performances, and are working towards hosting their first full opera performance, due to take place in November of this year.

ECN is thrilled to be chosen as Songs4Children’s cause and will be partnering with Songs4Children to continue to spread the word about ECN’s initiatives, all of which are designated towards helping children with cancer in Egypt and the region. Please continue to check our events and our Facebook page ( for more information about the upcoming show in November and in order to purchase tickets. For more information about Songs4Children, please visit their website at