Hundred thousands of refugees and asylum seekers live in Egypt, many of them in precarious conditions. Children suffer from the effects of forced displacement such as child labour, child marriage, violence or dropping out of school. Terre des hommes (Tdh) provides them with psychosocial assistance and protection. We support young people in contact with the law through trainings of formal and informal justice actors and community-based protection services.

What we do

Child Protection

We target boys and girls at risk of dropping out of school. Through community schools implemented in more than 40 remote areas, we support learning environments that are reachable, welcoming and adapted to the needs of children and parents. We tackle violence and discipline abuse in schools through awareness raising sessions and capacity building of formal education system actors, parents and community members to establish functioning child protection mechanisms in schools.

Children and Youth in Migration

Tdh strengthens the protection and the psychosocial well-being of refugee and migrant children, youth and their families, as well as vulnerable host communities, through the provision of services related to community-based child protection. We provide mental health and psychosocial support, community awareness sessions on positive parenting, as well as prevention and response to violence at schools for children, young people and their families. Through community mobilization, capacity development for better communal self-governance, youth development activities focusing on sport and art, Tdh aims to support social cohesion and peaceful co-existence both within refugee communities and between them and host community members.

Access to Justice

Tdh strengthens the formal and informal child justice system on a national level, going from a punitive approach to a restorative and child-oriented approach, which is respectful of the best interest of the child. We build capacities of juvenile justice stakeholders such as social workers, prosecutors, judges, police officers and enhance the alternatives to detention with reconciliation and diversion processes for children in contact with the law. Additionally, we upport coordination mechanisms between the informal and formal justice systems and provide spaces for children to voice their opinions.


Watch our video about the reintegration of children in conflict with the law:

Instead of going to school, Islam made wooden furniture for ten hours every day. Tdh helped him go back to school so he could learn to read and write. Today, he has high hopes for the future.

Islam, a former furniture maker in Damietta


Terre des hommes in Egypt

Beneficiaries 2019


279,814 people

Expatriate / local employees


3 / 144

Budget 2020


CHF 4,668,192.-




Where we work

Supported by


Tdh begins working in Egypt by launching a programme for children disabled by polio.
With polio eradicated, the project is revised to cover infant health and medical check-ups during pregnancy.
A sanitary and hygiene project targeting nearly 100,000 people is launched in Sohag.
Initiation of a project for Syrian refugees together with UNHCR.
Launch of a juvenile justice project.
Start of a project with UNICEF against the violence against children.

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Related publications

Annual Report 2020
Making a positive impact for children - MENA Annual Report 2020
Protection and Empowerment of most vulnerable refugees, children and youth, including Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Youth & Children and Youth with disabilities
Egypt: Access to justice for children in Assiut
Courage N° 72: Syria: 10 years of war

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