FACE Street Children Program provides support to street children, youth and their families. 

Through a wide range of services aiming at children social and family reintegration or at establishing preventive safety nets to keep children protected.

In 2014, Ministry of Social Solidarity (MOSS) survey estimated a number of 16,000 street children in Greater Cairo; while NGOs estimates put this figure at over 50,000. Estimations of the total number of street children in Cairo vary a lot depending on the definitions and on the inclusion of child workers. FACE estimates that about 30% of street living children, and 50% of street working children are females.

Program Objectives

• Reintegrate street children in the Egyptian society (school, family, jobs, culture)
• Prevent more children from becoming street children
• Build the capacity of social workers in government institutions and local NGOs to work with street children, their families and their community

Salam Street children program has been created in 2008, when NCCM offered FACE the use of a center in Medinat El Salam, in Cairo Suburb.

FACE Street Children Program provides support to street children, youth and their families, through a wide range of services aiming at children social and family reintegration or at establishing preventive safety nets to keep children protected.

The program has developed very progressive and innovative approaches of child protection, outreach work, social work and case management in Egypt, it is now working each year with up to 2500 children, youth and family members per year (girls = 30%)

Teams: 50 Egyptian National staff (F=20)

The Causes:

- Domestic violence (often with step-parents)
- Abuse (physical, sexual, psychological)
- Forced labor
- School drop out
- Migration (mainly from upper Egypt and rural areas)
- Drugs


The Reasons

- High number of youth without employment in poor communities
- Migrations
- Drugs

 

PROGRAM TEAMS

OUTREACH TEAM:

Meet the children working and living on the streets and encourage them to find alternatives to street life / provide support to children and youth in detention and help them preparing their social reintegration. 8 staff reach over 2000 children and youth every year, on the streets of Cairo and in detention centers.

DROP IN CENTER TEAM:

Day open center providing responding to the needs of the children and providing non formal education, health care, hygiene, sports, painting, theater, medical care. Staff provide services to 30-35 children and youth per day A second Drop In center will open in 2016 in a central area of Cairo, giving access to FACE services to a larger number of children in new areas of Cairo.

EDUCATION TEAM:

The education team supports non-formal education activities on the streets and in FACE centers; the team also runs a Child Friendly School in the Salam main building; providing remedial schooling, in order to support children reintegration into public school.

REINTEGRATION - CASE MANAGEMENT TEAM:

Support the reintegration of the children in school, in the family, in the community, in the workplace. 210 children and youth have been reintegrated in family, school or professional life since 2011.

MEDICAL TEAM:

Provide basic medical care and referral to medical services to street children and youth and their families. Over 4000 medical service events have been conducted in 2015 by the FACE medical team.