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.
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.
"I wish all 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.
New York Times Features Our Work in Egypt
Save the Children works with young boys and adolescents in the Choices program in rural Egypt to improve their views on girls and girls’ role in Egyptian society. Read a recent New York Times article about the program: In Egypt, Sowing the Seeds of Gender Equality.
Research found that the program has made significant positive changes in the way the boys in the program view girls’ role in marriage decisions, playing sports, and has also helped change the way the boys view violence against women. Learn more about the program and research.
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Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014