CEOSS’ Children at Risk Program aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and their families in some of Egypt’s poorest and most marginalized communities. Initiatives as part of this project are implemented by public, private, local, and national organizations in order to improve the lives of children at risk and educate them about their rights. Current initiatives include reaching children about their rights and making positive contributions to society, helping vulnerable children have access to education, providing health services for the children and their families, and building the capacities of government and non-government institutions to better serve these children.
- 25 working children, laborers, and workshop owners participated in 2 meetings with government officials to discuss laws protecting working children.
- 16 government officials participated in a meeting with members of protection committees regarding street children returning to school.
- 9 street children, 8 elected committees from Madinet El Salaam, and 2 civil society organizations participated in training about implementing advocacy and lobbying campaigns.
- 15 children received services from the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Health, The Education center, and legal advisers.
- 38 families of children at risk participated in awareness raising meetings that addressed children’s rights and the importance of education.
- 20 business men participated in conversations with laborers and the Ministry of Social Solidarity to discuss worker’s rights.
- 9 street children were treated for skin diseases and sexually transmitted infections.
- 23 street children participated in a sports tournament.
- 19 street children participated in an artistic workshop for handcrafts.
- 16 children at risk participated in vocational training about assembling cleaning supplies.
- 14 children at risk participated in vocational training about printing textiles.
- 50 working children enrolled in 2 illiteracy classes.