Setting Boundaries Sets Up Success

A picture of young, Egyptian mother, Basma.

At the Transformational Community Development (TCD) meeting, Basma said, “I have been married for two years, and for the length of the marriage period, my husband’s relatives have come on a regular basis to visit from Upper Egypt. As a result of not setting limits in our relationship, my relatives interfere in the details of our lives, and this is the cause of problems between my husband and me. As a result, I left the house. I then joined my mother at the development meeting, and TCD for women had a lesson about boundaries in relationships. My husband and I began to make a decision to set boundaries for our relatives in their dealings with us. Setting boundaries during the problems I went through enabled me to protect myself from any interference, and I began to have better mental health and a sense of value.”

During the development class, Perry, another attendant, said, “Cooperation is important, and we will complement each other. I learned many things in the group that affected my relationship with my mother and my sisters. I came to understand the meaning of unity and working together as a team, and after hearing the lesson at the TCD development meeting, I learned the meaning of true cooperation: that each one does their part and helps with each other’s needs. Because of this, I answer Mama’s requests without complaining, and now I help anyone at home if they need me.”

Thank you,

Written by: Azmy, Hanaa, & Miriam

GHNI TCD Workers

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