FACE is a Belgium not-for-profit child protection organization that has been working in Egypt since 2003 and which started the Salam Street Children Program in Cairo in late 2007. The FACE Salam Street Children Program is comprised of six main teams developed to holistically address the needs identified and expressed by marginalized street children and youth, their families and communities. These services include an outreach team, a Drop-In Center (DIC), a transitional home, and a reintegration/case management team.
The outreach team covers different regions and locations in Cairo. Social workers connect with individuals so as to create a rapport as they rely on local community information to determine patterns of movement. The social workers also provide basic services to children in their own environment. These include basic non-formal education, games, sports and health services, life skills (reproductive health, road safety), support for basic hygiene, and nutrition. The outreach team offers support to children and youth willing to find alternatives to street life and promotes other FACE services. FACE outreach team works every year with over 700 individual children, youth, and family members.
The Drop-In Center (DIC) is based in Medinat El-Salam in Cairo suburb and provides a wide range of activities aimed at protection and skills development. The street children have access to hygiene services and to a medical clinic. They receive remedial non-formal numeracy and literacy classes (Arabic, Math, History, Geography) and Life Skills Education (Nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Road Safety skills). A team of social workers works with individuals to provide them with psycho-social support and support them to find alternative to their life on the streets. An average of 35 children and youth access the Drop-In center every day, a total of 500 individual children and youth joined the center services in 2013.
Street children who opt to live at the FACE transitional home have access to the Child Friendly School which uses alternative teaching methods aimed at re-integrating them into the public school system. Each child at the Child Friendly School has an individual case-manager who follows up on their integration and progress. FACE transitional home receives an average of 40 children per month, 113 individual children and youth have stayed in the FACE home in 2013. 32 children per month on average were also joining the FACE Child Friendly school.
Older children (over 14) and young people can have access to vocational training and job placement. FACE has created partnerships with companies, local shops, businesses and workshops, in order to take young people into apprenticeship or to place them into employment. In 2013, 20 young people took place in vocational training ranging from hairdressing, carpentry, and sewing to working within companies such as Total or Orascom. During the same year, 7 youth were placed into employment.Outreach program and center based services designed with direct input from beneficiaries; participation by beneficiaries is on a completely voluntary approach
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryMobile schools/centersStand-alone school/centerStudent supportOut-of-School ChildrenHealth/Nutrition21st century skills (soft skills)Art & MusicSports
Model details2007Not-for-profitLiteracyVocational/technical skillsHealth/Nutrition21st century skills (soft skills)Art & MusicSportsActiveLong-term project5,00075%25%
BeneficiariesOut-of-school childrenOrphans and vulnerable children
FACE has a mobile unit that operates on the streets of Cairo - meeting children within their environment. Through trained social workers, FACE mapped out Cairo and identified pockets of street children. Social workers rely on local community information to determine people's movements. FACE seeks to establish a rapport with the street children by first providing recreational and educational activities, basic health care and nutrition support directly to children on the streets. Over time, social workers encourage street children to take advantage of the Drop-In Center, the transitional home, and the educational & vocational skills training programs.
FACE's work is based on a case management system, attributing a social worker (case manager) to every child in order to follow him/her along the FACE continuum of services throughout street work and centers, educational, medical, and legal services. Case managers coordinate the work of the different team members and external partners and provide regular psycho-social support to children to think and implement, step by step, their individual future plan, taking into account their social integration (family, relatives, independent life, alternative care) and their educational and professional plans.
Scale431 street-based and mobile non-formal education program (2 teachers); 1 drop-in Center with a non-formal education class (1 teacher, 1 classroom assistant); 1 Child Friendly School (1 teacher, 1 classroom assistant)
- 1 Outreach team (8 staff)
- 1 Drop-In Center (15 staff members)
- 1 Child Friendly School
- 1 Temporary Residential Center (15 staff members)
- 1 Case management/reintergration team (12 staff members)
2007: FACE began in the end 2007 with a team of 4 social workers working on the streets.
2008: FACE started a collaboration with the implementing organization Friends-International (FI) which has been working with street children in Asia since 1994. FI started providing regular technical assistance and training to FACE field teams to set up quality social and educational services and to provide advanced training to teams in pyscho-social skills. FI and FACE have been collaborating since 2008 and continue technical training and exchanges. FACE team grew to 24; Drop-In Center (DIC) began by opening only once a week, by late 2008, it was open full-time with a fully functional clinic and a team of social workers. FACE also began a case management team and reintegration system.
2010: A Transitional home was opened to help children reintegrate into their schools and homes.
2011: A Child Friendly School was opened to help the children pass their literacy exam to facilitate reintegration into the public school system.
2012: A family sub-grant, vocational training and job placement component opened under the case management team.
The team is now comprised of 53 staff members.
The program seeks to open up a Drop-In Center specifically targeted at female street children. FACE recognizes the barriers to participation facing the girl child and is addressing this by developing a girl-friendly/gender sensitive outreach program.
FACE aims to develop its own vocational skills training programs, adapted to the needs of street youth.
FACE seeks to collaborate with detention centers in order to provide support to street children and youth in detention and in their release and their social reintegration.