Egypt

2014 Recap: A Dire Year for Syrian Refugees

CARE looks back on the last 12 months working with Syrian refugees. 

SYRIA: Images From Inside

An illustration of the life Syrian refugees left behind, images shared with CARE Syrian refugee volunteers, as captured by their family who have remained behind.

Young Voices From Syria

We asked five young Syrian refugees to share their dreams and a message to the world. What they had to say was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

More than 2.8 million people have fled the country

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Country Info

CARE’s work in Egypt began in 1954 with the introduction of a nationwide school meals program. Since then, CARE has become actively involved in development programming particularly in Upper Egypt, where more than 50 percent of the nation’s poor live.

Today, CARE Egypt works to promote and support quality education and girls’ leadership, more effective and equitable natural resource management to enhance rural livelihoods, effective governance and civic engagement, and equitable social protection for vulnerable groups – especially women.

CARE works with beneficiaries, civil society organizations, government, aid agencies, networks, community-based associations and the increasingly socially aware Egyptian private sector.

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In addition, CARE is working in Egypt to help refugees fleeing violence in Syria.

Our Work in Egypt

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Clean Water

Access to clean water and decent toilets saves lives and helps families and communities prosper.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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The War is Not Only in Syria, The War is Inside Us

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

Power to Lead Alliance (PTLA): Empowering Girls to Learn and Lead

PTLA, a three-year public-private partnership built on a broad base of collaboration between CARE, USAID, civil society organizations (CSOs) and private sector partners, aimed to create, strengthen, and scale-up diverse leadership opportunities for girls in vulnerable communities across six different countries, particularly through extra-curricular activities, social networks, and civic action.

The War is Not Only in Syria, The War is Inside Us

Healing the scars: CARE's work with Syrian refugees in Egypt

"I wake up crying every morning and there is not a single night I don't have nightmares," says an elderly woman.

"My husband is detained in Syria and I have not heard from him in two months," cries a young mother with two small children on her lap.

"I think about suicide every single second and minute," says an elderly man.

CARE in Foreign Policy

A CARE Egypt survey about illiteracy rates in the country framed a Foreign Policy article analyzing the woes of Egypt’s education system.

An excerpt: “An astonishing number of Egyptian 11- and 12-year-olds complete primary school still not knowing how to read or write. A recent survey administered by CARE Egypt, an NGO that collaborates with the Ministry of Education, found illiteracy rates in some schools as high as 80 percent.

12/5/14

Syrian refugees in Egypt:

During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence CARE’s Johanna Mitscherlich reflects on meeting Marwa, a young Syrian woman whose family was forced to flee from Syria to Egypt almost

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12/3/14

Syrian Refugees:

“We do not like to be called refugees,” Mahmoud, a young Syrian man in his early twenties told me, as I met him during a psychosocial activity in Obour

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12/3/14

Syrian refugees in Egypt: “We meet refugee women where they are”

Heba Al Azzazy, Case Manager at CARE Egypt, talks about the situation of Syrian refugee women in Egypt, gender-based violence and why it is so important to constantly reach out to refugees.

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11/14/14

International Children’s Day: Investing in a refugee child’s future means investing in Syria’s future

Salam Kanaan, Country Director of CARE Jordan, writes about the daily struggle of refugee children in Jordan who have to work to make ends meet.



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Rasha Breaks her Silence

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In the governorate of Minya, lives Rasha Ismail of 25 years with her family. She describes her life in the past as a neglected family member, who nobody cared to ask about her opinion on any matter, even if it was of relevant to her.

She did all household chores required without any objection. She felt that she is forgotten from her own family and had no impact on any family decisions. “I never expressed my opinion. I didn't communicate with anyone. Actually, I didn't talk with my father or siblings,” Rasha explains.

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