Sabah is a 17 year old girl with a birth certificate proving she is only 12 years old. She was not officially registered for a long time and consequently was deprived from all her rights, including education.
Sabah was born into a poor family with a sick father, a working mother, and five siblings. Everyone works to provide necessities and to pay for her father’s medical treatment. Sabah started working in the market with her mother when she was 7. Over the next decade she collected and sorted garbage, worked in clothing factories, packaged food, and had a number of other jobs. Due to her young age and severe weakness, she could not bear to work for long periods and was exposed to a number of health risks.
Sabah learned about the association through her older brother Islam as he was a member of a CEOSS partner CBO in Cairo. Sabah’s mother informed the CBO of Sabah’s case and they immediately met Sabah and learned her story, as well as her dream to go to school. The CBO helped Sabah get a birth certificate, enrolled her in literacy classes, helped her find skill development opportunities, and secured her a safer job at the factory where she worked.
Sabah was later elected as a member of the working children committee in El Salam district and organizes meetings with officials and plan activities. Sabah was reborn by being enrolled in community education classes to achieve her dream of going to university and became a role model for her peers.