Where We Work - Egypt

Since 1982, Save the Children has been working to help Egyptian boys and girls enjoy childhood and reach their full potential. We improve access to health services and quality education, as well as provide support for street children and others at risk. Our Egypt team partners with local groups on health, education, child protection, livelihood and other critical initiatives. In 2010, services reached 2 and a half million children and families in impoverished communities throughout Egypt.

Explore Our Programs

Challenges for Children

Millions of Egyptian children are born into poverty, where malnutrition at a young age translates into lifelong health problems. The pressures of making ends meet drive many families to put their children to work, often in dangerous jobs that jeopardize their health as well as their futures.

With many families facing break up or a difficult existence in large urban slums, street children have become an unwelcome feature of too many cities. Hundreds of thousands of rural adolescent girls are discouraged from completing school and face lives of early marriage, illiteracy and domestic abuse. Likewise, each year, hundreds of thousands of youth graduate to find either they don't have the skills for a job, or that there are no jobs available.

Emergency Relief and Recovery

Egyptian children face even greater challenges in the wake of the 2011 "Tahrir Square Revolution". Egypt often also serves as Save the Children's base of operations for larger relief efforts in the Middle East and North Africa region. Learn about the regional response in Syria. Read more

Save the Children Country Director Geof Giacomini blogs from Cairo about the needs of children in the aftermath of the revolution. Read his post about Baraka, a street child he met in Tahrir Square.

Impact and Programs

Save the Children programs in Egypt include education, health, nutrition, community development and much more.

Early child development programs provide care in settings close to children, including home-based preschools in remote rural areas. Participation has increased four-fold since 2003, with more than 200 preschools now serving boys and girls in villages.

"I wish all the children could join Save the Children's preschool class so they can do well in school like me," said Fatma, a seven-year-old Egyptian girl. Read her story

Education and school health and nutrition programs promote active learning for 70,000 students in over 200 schools. In the communities benefitting from Save the Children programs, 98 % of primary school students passed the national primary school examination certificate.

Our safe pregnancy and infant nutrition programs promote access to check-ups, health education and more. Meet Attyiat, a young mother who had suffered dangerous miscarriages before learning in our programs. Read her story

To support the growing youth population, Save the Children sponsors life skills, livelihood, internships, and artisan programs to prepare young people for further education, life opportunities and challenges.

Sponsor a Child in Egypt

Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which Save the Children is helping to create real and lasting change. Take a moment to read this moving blog about our sponsorship programs in Egypt. Sponshorship provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; it delivers a special opportunity to witness young lives lifted over time. Through child sponsorship, two lives are changed forever: yours and the life of your sponsored child.

Egypt Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 85,294,388
  • Infant Death Rate: 23 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 73 years
  • Poverty Rate: .5%
  • Underweight Children: 6.8%
  • Human Development Rank: 112
  • Maternal Death Risk: 66 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 11 years
  • Clean Water Access: 99%


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children's 2012 State of the World's Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated June 2014

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