The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.


Egypt is hosting refugees and asylum seekers from more than 60 countries including Syria, Sudan, Eritrea and Iraq. These people live in precarious conditions and their children suffer from the effects of forced displacement. Tensions between refugees and host communities are common and many children are at risk of exploitation and violence. Terre des hommes provides them with psychosocial assistance and protection. We also support young people in contact and conflict with the law through trainings of formal and informal justice actors and community based protection services.

What we do

Child Protection

In our project in Assiut and Qena governorates, 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. Our goal is to interact with families, children and youth through mental health and psychosocial support, community awareness sessions on positive parenting, prevention and response to violence at schools. 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.

Acccess 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. By training customary justice actors and arbitrators, supporting coordination mechanisms between the informal and formal justice systems and providing spaces for children to voice their opinions, we improve the justice system for children.


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 2018


144,581 people

Expatriate / local employees


1 / 426

Budget 2019


CHF 4,234,645.-




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.
With polio eradicated, the project is revised to cover infant health and medical check-ups during pregnancy.
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 2019
Courage no. 62 - Egypt: football offers a future for refugee children
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
Egypt: Access to justice for children in Assiut

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