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.
World Humanitarian Day: Humanity through Diversity – Refugees for Refugees
St. Andrew’s Refugee Services is CWS’s partner on the ground in Cairo, Egypt. Eight years ago, if you asked me what the word “humanitarian” means, I would have given an unclear and general answer, most likely the one that you could find in a dictionary or a journal. Eight years on, I can confidently say that “humanitarian” is not just …
The Best Lens to View the World Through
I love scrolling through the pages of photos that tell the CWS story. There’s a kid-in-a-candy-shop moment when a photo request comes across my desk. When I do, I am immediately transported back to the trips I’ve taken. What’s the best part about those trips? The amazing–let me emphasize that, AMAZING–people I’ve met along the way. I’m never fully packed …
“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 …