When thoughts turn to children in Africa in need of child sponsorship, Egypt is probably one of the least likely countries to spring to mind. Yet, in what is a relatively prosperous country by African standards with the second largest economy in the Arab world, most of its 72 million population live in overcrowded conditions almost exclusively along the Nile and its delta making a living off agriculture. The uprising against President President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 has left Egypt at a crossroads with foreign income from tourism on the slide and foreign investors waiting to see the direction the country now takes following military rule.
Egypt is in 112th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Issues affecting children in Egypt include sub-standard education, where three million children 15-24yrs are illiterate leading to high levels of youth unemployment; poor sanitation facilities in urban areas leading to health issues; regular corporal punishment and many children (8%) engaged in child labour. A recent UN report also concluded that five million Egyptian children were deprived of appropriate housing and 1.6 million children under the age of five experience health and food deprivation with 30% of children under 5yrs old stunted and two out of five children in Upper Egypt living in poverty.
There are an indeterminate number of street children in Egypt. Some put the figure in the tens of thousands, others put the figure at over a million. Police records shed some insight into the numbers with 42,505 children being arrested on the streets in 2001 with 10,958 of them being charged with being 'vulnerable to delinquency', that is they have committed a crime just by having no responsible adult to care for them. The average age of those arrested was thirteen years old. There were reports that during the uprising in 2011 children were paid by both the security forces and protestors to take the front line in clashes and, as such, of the 300 known deaths during that period, the majority were street children who had taken to the streets of Cairo in search of a way out of poverty or to escape violence at home.
Sponsor a child in Egypt to prepare them for further education, life opportunities and challenges.
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A child sponsor program providing care for Coptic children in Egypt who have been orphaned.
Your sponsorship will help a child from an impoverished family in upper Egypt attend school.
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