Egypt Refugee Program
Egypt is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees. Most have fled from unrest and conflicts in countries including Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Eritrea. A growing number of these new arrivals are children who are alone, without their families.
Through our partner St. Andrew's Refugee Services, CWS provides a range of support for refugees in Cairo. We focus on addressing both immediate and longer-term needs. Programs include educational, legal, medical, vocational and counseling services. For people with emergency needs, we provide help such as rent assistance and food boxes.
This program team is unique among refugee service organizations because most of the team members are refugees. When a client sits down with a staff member, they are most likely talking to a fellow refugee. The staff can understand their client's needs and perspectives better than almost anyone else.
We are proud to stand with our refugee neighbors in Cairo as they start the next chapter in their lives.
An Oasis in the Desert
Can you imagine being 15 and being dropped off in Cairo, a city of 25 million people where you can’t speak the language, you don’t have shelter, you don’t have food, and you don’t know how to survive?
This isn’t a hypothetical question. This happens regularly, and with your help, we can be there to welcome our new neighbors when it does.
“There’s still hope in this world, despite everything.”
Ahmed* is the youngest program coordinator on staff at St. Andrew’s Refugee Services, CWS’s local partner in Cairo. A refugee from Nigeria, Ahmed graduated from the Adult Education Program himself a few years ago. We sat down with Ahmed in late 2019 to hear his story and what St. Andrew’s, known as StARS, means to him. What country where you …
Stories and advice from refugee women in Cairo
In honor of International Women’s Day, three refugee women in Cairo are sharing their wisdom and experiences. Laila from Sudan, Salam from Somalia and Najat from Eritrea are all part of the community at our local partner, St. Andrew’s Refugee Services. NAJAT Najat is an Eritrean mother who is passionate about handicrafts. She fled her city due to war, which …
Food Boxes Help Refugees in Cairo Put Meals on the Table During the Pandemic
Trigger warning: The stories below include content that will be hard to read, including sexual violence. Aisha is a single mother of a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. An Eritrean refugee, she came to Cairo to find safety and work so that she could support her children. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Like many refugee women, Aisha lost her job as …