Samusocial International implemented two exploratory missions in Egypt in 2006 on the situation of street children in Cairo and on the actions that were already implemented to protect them. These missions concluded that even though many NGOs were working in this field, Cairo encountered a high population of children and youth spending time in the street, working, living on their own or with their families, and that the needs of these children were not fully covered.
An expatriate staff was recruited in April 2007 and trained by Samusocial International, notably on intervention with homeless children and youth according to Samusocial’s methodology. An office was opened in Cairo, named Samusocial International Egypte (SSIEG) and the phase of project definition was carried out. SSIEG obtained a 3-year permit as an International NGO from Egyptian authorities in April 2008. The local staff could then be hired and the first activities started for street children and youth.
Since then, Samusocial International has ensured continuous intervention with homeless children and youth. Today it is recognised as an actor of care for homeless children and youth, both from Egyptian authorities and civil society organizations and from the children and youth themselves. This recognition has enabled the organisation to maintain its activity in the country in spite of the political and social movements, and to renew its permit every 3 year as an international NGO.