FILE- Homeless children in al-Diwqa slum in Cairo- Egypt Today/Hossam Atef
CAIRO - 8 June 2019: Egypt’s Ministry of Social Solidarity signed a cooperation protocol with Samusocial International Egypt to care homeless and street children, the Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
The cooperation comes in the framework of the national initiative to protect the street children, in cooperation with Long Live Egypt Fund. The initiative targets children in Cairo, Giza, Qalyobia, Sharqia, Alexandria, Menoufia, Assuit, Beni Seuf, Port Said, Ismailia, and Suez.
According to the signed protocol, the employees of the social care homes and mobile units will be trained on how they can deal with the children and how to provide them the needed first aid services.
Know more about the state’s initiative
Two years into Egypt's first comprehensive program to tackle a long-standing phenomenon of homeless children in the gloomy streets, Egypt Today closely shadows the project's components in the streets and behind the walls of its institutions. Right outside the Sayeda Zeinab Metro Station, the bus of the government's "Protecting Homeless Children" program was waiting to resume its daily mission.
Moreover, children in the social care homes will be given educational, and cultural programs and activities.
In 2016, the government has launched its initiative. The first phase of the initiative targeted more than 12,500 children, estimated in the same year.
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