FACE Salam Project for Street Children

Salam Project for Street Children seeks to significantly reduce the number of street children living and working on the streets of Cairo by providing outreach and drop-in services (basic health and nutritional services) that emphasize alternative livelihood strategies and offer vocational training services leading to eventual social integration.

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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 approachEconomic and political challenges in Egypt led to an increase in number of children living and working in Cairo; rigid legal system that may not be sensitive to needs of child in alternative care; vocational training options are limited

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