Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages works to improve standards of care in orphanages throughout Egypt.

Facts & Figures
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  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Alfanar Investee Since: 2019
  • Total Alfanar Investment: £15,013
  • Social Impact: 80 children in five orphanages with improved education and care
  • Website: https://wataneya.org/en/
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The Challenge

There are 468 orphanages housing approximately 15,000 children across Egypt. Existing official guidelines for institutional homes have not been updated since 1977, and address only the physical structure and administration of orphanages. What lacks addressing is the psychological and physiological wellbeing of children in care. Provided with only limited funding, the focus within these institutions has been primarily on only the most basic rights.

Caregivers - who tend to come from underprivileged backgrounds themselves - are often ill-equipped to raise and protect the children under their care to a satisfactory standard. Poor access to training has served only to compound this issue, resulting in generations of orphan children raised within a crumbling system, with few prospects or skills upon reaching adulthood at the age of 18.

The Organisation

Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages is a Cairo-based organisation working to provide a safe environment for children without parental care. They achieve this by establishing National Quality Standards (NQS) in orphanages and institutional care homes across Egypt.

These standards were developed alongside the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and as of 2014 have been officially recognised and mandated for use by the Ministry. The organisation has developed to include a total of 30 full time employees, supported by 70 active volunteers, all working to provide a better future for institutionalised children throughout Egypt.

What has been Achieved with Alfanar's Support

Alfanar has begun to assist the Wataneya team with professional business management training. Alfanar has also begun to assist with the implementation of monitoring and data collection systems to assist Wataneya with better assessment of their programme effectiveness.

Alfanar's Investment: Looking Ahead

In the pilot year of investment, Alfanar’s support will help Wataneya establish an accredited National Quality Standards for alternative care (NQS) in three institutional homes in greater Cairo, increase Wataneya’s cost recovery and develop a three-year business plan. A less-intensive version of the programme will also be tested in a further 100 institutional homes across Egypt to test the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of their programmes for future scaling. There will be a specific focus on developing income streams to support wider training and implementation of the NQS. This will be driven by positioning Wataneya as a consultancy where it can use its expertise to generate income, both through direct assistance and through offering training programmes.

Alfanar will also offer high-impact management support to ensure that Wataneya is ready to expand its programmes, and transition from a charitable organisation to being investment-ready. 

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