It was established in 1999 as a student movement by students who studied engineering ethics in the department of communications engineering, Cairo University with Dr. Sherif Abdel Azim.
Resala’s goal was to spread volunteering and positivity in society, to cultivate patriotism, and fight selfishness and other negative ideas. They chose the name "Resala"; meaning message as an expression of the group's goal: to spread the message of volunteering and positive cooperation within the faculty and society at large.
Resala became an organization registered with the Ministry of Social Affairs, when a volunteer’s relative donated a plot of land helping young volunteers carry out their activities outside the university’s borders.
Eventually, the activities of the Resala Association expanded and the number of volunteers and branches increased until it became one of the largest charity organizations in Egypt and the largest charity entity in the Arab world.
Resala now enjoys over 60 branches spread across Egypt. Each year, more than 200,000 volunteers serve millions of Egyptians in about 30 activities, including orphans, elderly, street children, blind, deaf and handicapped. Free aid, illiteracy eradication, used clothing exhibitions, blood donation, computer and language education, human development, the Holy Quran, aids for the needy, convoys to poor villages, medical convoys, addiction treatment, feeding the poor, productive projects for the poor, make-a-wish, moral awareness of young people, cleaning the streets and parks, spreading happiness and animal welfare.