PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN EGYPT

We have been championing the rights of Egypt's vulnerable children since 1980.

CHALLENGES

With 14 million people living in poverty, many children lack the basics for survival.
  • Twenty-three million people in Egypt cannot read or write - 70% are women.
  • More than 1.5 million children aged 5-14 years are forced to work.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 40,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
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Children play a game at a pre-school supported by Plan International.
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A boy undertakes computer training supported by Plan International.
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Boys take part in football training at a school sporting academy supported by Plan International.

How we're helping

Many children in Egypt are forced to leave school and find work to help support their families. The jobs they get usually involve working long hours in harsh conditions, such as making plastic toys or car parts in factories.

Now children are getting another chance to get the education that will help lift them and their families out of poverty.

Female genital mutilation is a wide-spread practice and affects more than 70% of girls in Egypt. We work to change attitudes towards this harmful practice. Plan International is training girls and boys to talk about it in groups, and thousands of people are now more aware of the dangers - helping to decrease the number of girls harmed by the practice.