A True Haven
Refuge Egypt (RE) is a program run by All Saints Cathedral, Cairo, in partnership with Anglican Aid. It is a Christian agency that seeks to reflect Jesus’ compassion and concern for those who are in need, His desire for justice and His love for all people.
Refuge Egypt serves people from Sudan and other African countries, living in Cairo, who have fled their original country of nationality due to war or disaster, and who have well founded fears of return due to persecution or loss of rights.
By providing humanitarian assistance, spiritual guidance and encouragement, Refuge Egypt helps people to build self-sufficiency and self-respect in preparation for repatriation, resettlement or integration into Egyptian society.
The majority of refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt are Sudanese, with other nationalities including Syrian, Iraqi, Somali, Eritrean and Ethiopian. Refuge Egypt offers a number of programs to welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers of all backgrounds and ages.
Currently, all funding provided through Anglican Aid goes directly to initiatives focused on Pre-School and Adult Education.
Humanitarian Assistance – RE provides food, clothing, blankets and emergency support for refugees and their families in their first two years in Egypt—to help refugees find their footing as they arrive in Cairo.
Youth Outreach – Being a young refugee in Cairo has a lot of pressures—material, communal, and spiritual. The Youth Outreach program hosts seminars in vocational training and life skills, as well as fellowship, social activities, mentorship and pastoral support.
Happy Child Preschool – The Happy Child Preschool provides the foundational literacy, numeracy, and social skills for access to further education, as well as the structure and the predictability all children need. Montessori-trained teachers cover a KG 0–2 curriculum including English, Arabic, and maths, and provide free school lunches.
Vocational Training & Placement – RE runs a two-week practical training program that equips about 20 refugees per month with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a cleaner. The Domestic Placement Office places refugees in a range of jobs, particularly cooking, cleaning, driving, and babysitting, enabling them to sustainably provide for themselves and their families without relying on immediate aid.
Adult Education – The program provides men and women with affordable, high-quality English language instruction. Refugees with English language skills have more opportunities for employment and advanced education, or preparation for resettlement abroad.
Medical Services – Refuge Egypt delivers accessible and comprehensive health care for refugees with qualified doctors, nurses, counsellors, community health workers, and volunteers.Primary health care services focus on antenatal care, TB, HIV/AIDs, and general health issues.
Well Baby and Well Child Clinics – Clinics meet in four locations throughout Cairo and ensure that children develop according to WHO benchmarks and screen for common diseases such as malnutrition and rickets, as well as psychosocial problems.
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