Socioeconomic conditions in Egypt are unstable. This especially affects children from poor and refugee families who suffer from social exclusion and limited access to protection and education services. In marginalised areas, 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 conflict with the law. Through trainings of formal and traditional justice actors and community based protection services, we make them aware of this situation.

What we do

Protection and education

The Egyptian population from Upper Egypt often suffer from marginalisation and limited access to basic services such as health and education. Through the implementation of community schools in more than 40 remote areas in Assiut and Qena governorates,  children at risk of exclusion are protected from dropping out of school. In partnership with teachers from the formal education system we provide them access to education and facilitate their enrolment in the governmental school system later on.


Egypt hosts refugees and asylum seekers from more than 60 countries including Syria, Sudan, Eritrea and Iraq. They live in precarious conditions and their children suffer from the effects of forced displacement. Tensions between refugees and host communities are common. Working with local partners, we provide psychosocial support to children in our family centres and through our outreach activities including sport to enhance social cohesion and empower them. We also train people from refugee communities as social workers and volunteers. Vulnerable children are supported individually and violence is prevented in schools.

Acccess to Justice

Tdh strengthens the implementation of a formal and informal Egyptian justice system that includes specific rights and procedures for children. This involves providing training for legal professionals and social workers, as well as actors from the traditional 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.


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 2017


105,658 people

Expatriate / local employees


2 / 83

Budget 2018


CHF 2,298,596.-




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 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
Egypt: Access to justice for children in Assiut

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