Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages, an Egyptian non-profit organization registered under the Ministry of Social Solidarity since November 2008 (Registration Number 7478/2008), was established to address the challenges facing the institutional homes for children without parental care in Egypt. Wataneya Society aims to implement a unified and integrated mechanism for Egyptian institutional homes by applying the “Quality Standards for Care” (QS) driven from the international best practices.
In June 2014, the Ministry of Social Solidarity issued a ministerial decree stating that all institutional homes in Egypt are obliged to apply the Quality Standards. This decree was issued as a result of Wataneya’s efforts with the ministry, and other local and international organizations.
Wataneya was recognized as one of the best six practices worldwide to improve the living environment by Dubai International Award and was selected as the best project under the Humanitarian Category in the Arab region by MBC Hope in 2014.
We apply the standards within institutional homes through our main programs and projects:
-Institutional Development-: provides technical support and consultation to institutional homes to apply the Quality Standards.
-Amaan Learning & Development Center: is internationally accredited by Pearson (UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications) to qualify child caregivers such as substitute mothers, supervisors, social workers, psychologists and managers as well as volunteers, through the provision of multiple-level learning & development programs in the field of childcare and child protection; in addition to providing the first professional vocational certificate in promoting child development.
-Youth Development: “FORSA” program socially empowers orphaned youth by boosting their self-confidence to become independent thinkers and doers ready to face the world.
-Awareness and Advocacy: organizes awareness campaigns, addresses the media, and produces short films and networks with civil society, schools, universities, and the private sector to:
-Promote a positive perception of children and youth without parental care to be socially integrated
-Boost the value of the child caregivers’ profession
-Advocate for the implementation of the quality standards
-Empower community monitoring on institutional homes’ care in Egypt