Three years ago, 14 year-old Nawal, was one of the thousands of deprived children living in the streets. Today, she a member of the girl’s football team that represented Egypt at the Street Child World Cup in Russia.
Under the theme of “The World is Yours” Marah, Mohamed and other Syrian children participated in an event organized by Save the Children in Egypt and UNHCR, the day aimed to teach children about other cultures and traditions and that home is anywhere they are.
We asked Syrian children in Egypt about what are they dreaming about, and their feedback is inspiring. In Save the Children Egypt we support refugee children through different programs to have better future and never give up on their dreams.
Today on October 11, Save the Children is celebrating the International Day of the Girl with millions of girls around the globe by sharing a story of a family who believed in supporting and empowering girls. Basmala*, twelve, and Habiba*, fifteen, are two sisters who joined Save the Children’s Speak Up campaign in Egypt, which aims to combat sexual harassment of adolescent girls in urban settings. They participated in skills building sessions on this issue which affects many girls in Egypt, and are involved in one of the campaign’s youth-led initiatives, where adolescents and youth design and lead actions to promote access to protections on sexual harassment and to raise awareness of reporting mechanisms for adolescent girls.
5 year old Shahd* and her sister Marah*, 13, came to Egypt from Syria with their family nearly three years ago. Both girls now attend Save the Children’s child friendly space where they have become talkative again and are always excited to visit the Center and play with their friends.
Universal Children’s Day is marked every year on the 20th of November. To commemorate this important celebration of children’s rights across the world, Save the Children has produced this short video showing the positive impact our child friendly spaces are having on children in Egypt.