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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.

Our Vision

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

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.

Martin Gains Confidence and His Family’s Love

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Martin Kamel, is a young man in his early twenties who grew up in Minya. He, as many youth living in Upper Egypt, started to take family responsibilities at an early age. He was forced by his father to drop out of school at an early age and start earning his own bread and butter. “My father didn't realize that he deprived me from living my age,” Martin explains.

The son grew up feeling oppressed, and found himself impulsively oppressing his sisters and treating them violently. Being females, he started to think of them as less worthy and admits to have been aggressive with them.

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