Socioeconomic conditions in Egypt are unstable. This especially affects children from poor and refugee families. Many girls are illiterate and children are at risk of exploitation and violence. Terre des hommes makes the authorities and the general public aware of this situation and protects children. We also provide refugee children with psychosocial assistance, and support young people in conflict with the law.

What we do

Fighting against exploitation and violence

We work with the employers and families of child workers to improve working conditions and offer training opportunities. To ensure that schools provide safe environments that encourage development, Tdh works with the authorities, media and communities to prevent violence. Our local experts provide training to teachers, organise awareness-raising activities for children and parents, and implement child protection policies in 115 schools in the Asyut governorate.

Education for girls

To tackle girl illiteracy in economically vulnerable areas, we provide literacy classes and offer young women training to start their own income generating activities. We also raise awareness among them about the environment, health and human rights. This helps young women to become more independent and start their own business, which improves their economic situation.

Supporting child refugees

Egypt is home to many refugees from Syria, Sudan, Eritrea and Iraq. These refugees live in precarious conditions, and their children suffer the effects of forced displacement. Tensions between refugees and host communities are common. Working with local partners, we provide psychological and social support to children in our family centres and through our mobile activities and train social workers from refugee communities. We also support vulnerable children individually and prevent violence in schools.

Juvenile justice

Tdh strengthens the implementation of a formal and informal Egyptian justice system that includes specific rights and procedures for children. This involves providing better training for legal professionals and social workers, as well as actors from the informal justice system in communities. We develop restorative and compensatory measures to replace custodial sentences, and improve coordination between official institutions and other organisations working in the juvenile justice field. In social care institutions, we provide young people with psychosocial activities and individual support for their rehabilitation.


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 2016


47,131 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 58

Budget 2017


CHF 2,250,000.-




Where we work

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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 health and protection project is launched in Tel el-Kebir.
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

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Courage no. 62 - Egypt: football offers a future for refugee children
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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