Help Save Children in Egypt

Much of Egypt’s population lives in poverty. Save the Children is helping families in Egypt by providing child-friendly spaces, early childhood care and sponsorship programs, so children in Egypt grow up feeling healthy, educated and protected.


Since 2014, refugees have been arriving in Egypt in increasing numbers. We are providing children with emotional support and holding art, music, drama and dancing sessions to allow children to be children again. We are distributing school kits and holding Arabic, English, French and Math classes. But we can’t continue this important work without your help.

The Challenge for Egypt's Children

Whether fleeing from atrocities thousands of miles away, or being born into poverty, without access to healthcare, education and nutrition, children in Egypt need your help.*

  • 28% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 45 dies before their 5th - 3 times that of the United States
  • 22% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 8% of school-age children are out of school
  • 7% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 1% of girls age 15-19 are married4
  • 1 in 20 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 25% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
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Our Work for Children in Egypt

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. 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.

Save the Children also helps to promote equal treatment for girls by working with young boys and adolescents in the Choices program in rural Egypt to improve their views on girls and girls’ role in Egyptian society.

Since 1996, Save the Children in Egypt has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our supporters help us make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. We nurture healthy moms and healthy babies by providing access to high-impact, low-cost care, working to stop preventable deaths in both mothers and children.

Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Egypt continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

  • Protected 8,565 children from harm
  • Supported 54,389 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 137,077 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 227 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Egypt

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Egypt, and around the world, survive and thrive.

Sponsor an Egyptian Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child in Egypt and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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