FACE – for children in need

I came across FACE charity a few years ago in Cairo. The charity started off funding two orphanages in Cairo and has since expanded to four orphanages, a program for street children and a large scale social program for a shanty town to the north of Cairo that has over one million inhabitants.

While in Cairo, I was unable to get too involved with the work of this charity, but there were some key points that stuck with me about it and it is based on these I have chosen to do what I can from afar now.

  1. FACE is a small non-governmental organisation – after working for a number of years in development work funded by governments, I have seen that money in large scale projects cannot always go directly to the targeted groups, as a large bureaucracy is needed to report back to funding bodies to justify continued work. FACE has no such bureaucracy.
  2. FACE employs local staff in Egypt – this means that there are no ‘expat salaries’, or worse, ‘expat packages’ (international school fees, club memberships, international flights home etc), so again, money goes as directly as possible to the target groups. It also means that in a country with horrific unemployment levels, Egyptians are given jobs for which they are qualified.
  3. FACE provides staff training – this means that qualified staff have the opportunity to keep their skills up to date and take pride in what they do. It also ensures raised standards across the different projects.
  4. FACE is secular – a lot of good NGO work in Egypt is organised through churches or mosques. This often, and naturally, attracts a majority of participants from only one religion. FACE works without a specific religious agenda, with Egyptians who can benefit from their programs, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Please visit FACE for more information about their history and activities.

 

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