Europe is not the only destination for Syrian refugees. Some 300,000 Syrians fleeing the war have come to Egypt seeking sanctuary.
This film shows how Plan International is supporting Syrian refugee children and their families in Egypt.
Plan International is supporting local community centres to provide safe spaces for children to play and receive psychosocial support, and for families to talk about their harrowing experiences. This has allowed 15,000 children to recover from trauma and start to move forward with their lives through learning and playing with their peers.
Laial, 9, has benefitted from a Plan International-supported child-friendly space. She said, “When I come here they give us notebooks and we draw. And we play with the teachers Ms Amaa and Reem. We come here and we have a nice time.”
Back to school
We are also working with local organisations in Egypt, supporting Syrian refugee children and their families in Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta, helping children to go back to school. By the end of September, 10,540 Syrian and vulnerable Egyptian children will have received school kits to coincide with the start of the school year in Egypt.
Plan International has also provided classes to help Syrian refugees overcome the language barrier so they are able to understand Egyptian classes. Arjimand Hussein, Plan International Egypt Emergency Response Manager said, “There is a barrier for the children to understand the Egyptian curriculum. We support them with special classes to help them in breaching the gap to understand the local curriculum.”
With most public schools running out of space and necessary amenities, Plan International is assisting 40 public schools in improving their facilities by refurnishing and repairing their infrastructure. This will benefit nearly 60,000 Syrian and Egyptian children over the next two years.