Egypt Refugee Program

Egypt Refugee Program


The staff of StARS, about 85 percent of whom are refugees. Photo: StARS

CWS partners with St. Andrew’s Refugee Services to assist refugees and asylum seekers in Cairo, increasing their ability to meet basic needs through education, legal services and psychosocial support. Refugee students and clients come from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen and Syria. Programs continue to evolve to meet the changing and challenging context in Cairo. Of particular note this year is the increased support to refugee children arriving without parents. StARS has become the lead agency providing innovative services to this uniquely vulnerable population, serving more than 2,400 children this year.

The Children’s Education Program provides primary and secondary education for more than 300 refugee children. There were more than 1,800 participants in the Adult Education Program this year. This program offers a variety of classes, including multiple levels of English, sewing, hair styling and information technology courses that increase the livelihood opportunities of adult refugees in Egypt.

The Psychosocial Program assisted over 2,200 refugees and asylum seekers on issues of mental health, medical needs, financial assistance and housing. Additionally, more than 2,000 children and adults participated in a range of group support activities including youth sports, yoga, peer support for Syrian women and a support group for parents of children with disabilities. More than 2,000 refugee survivors of sexual or gender-based violence were supported through protection, legal and psychosocial services this year.

The Refugee Legal Aid Program employs lawyers to assist refugees and asylum seekers with a range of legal and protection needs. Services include support in gaining refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, assistance in the resettlement process for eligible refugees and workshops about the national and international legal framework for refugees. RLAP assisted more than 9,000 clients this year.

Our Egypt Refugee Program helped more than
18,000 refugees
this year.