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We were founded by Eritrean refugees in 2018 and operate as Cairo's largest community school. Our foundation provides healthcare, psychosocial support, and vocational training to refugees, addressing their educational, emotional, and economic needs. Through a comprehensive approach, we help empowers individuals, fosters resilience, and inspires compassion, creating a nurturing and inclusive world.

Al-Nahda Foundation

Al-Nahda Foundation

Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia

We support communities from:


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Refugees Supported

Educational training, Language training, Vocational training, Job placement support, Financial assistance, Healthcare support, Mental health support, Advocacy and campaigning

Children’s rights, Economic and labour rights, Women’s rights

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"We started as a small school with 360 refugee students in one area of Cairo, later expanding to five branches, including a technical school, serving as the largest community school in Cairo with over 2000 refugee students. Similarly, infrastructure improvements and added services have now enabled us to provide medical and psychosocial care for refugees."

Why is the Taking The Lead network important to you?

"Taking The Lead secures funds for social services, expands programs, and impacts refugee lives. It brings recognition, partnerships, and funding opportunities, enhancing our effectiveness. Prioritizing skill-building empowers self-sufficiency and community resilience. The network challenges stereotypes, promotes empathy, advocates for refugee rights, and drives positive policy changes."

With more funding and resources, our organisation could...

"expand its services to reach a larger number of refugees in dire need of varied kinds of aid."

A shift from negative to positive narratives about refugees would lead to...

"better protected refugees and less unexpected policy changes."

If refugees could influence decisions that affect them, it would mean...

"a positive environment of growth for refugees and host communities."
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"Direct funding would expand Al-Nahda Foundation's reach, enhance programs, and provide comprehensive support. Challenging stereotypes through storytelling and awareness campaigns would foster empathy. Influencing policy-making would give us more operational and social freedom. Building skills and capacity would help us ensure effective service delivery and lasting positive change."

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