Founded in 2010 by Dr. Hanna Aboulghar, Banati is an NGO working with street children in Egypt to provide them with shelter, social and psychological support, and access to education. Its programmes range from street outreach and reception centres to offering temporary and permanent shelters, legal support, healthcare, and advocacy support. Along with the intense mental health support provided by Banati's social workers, they also organise rehabilitative activities as well as vocational and productive workshops to help provide income for the girls in the future. The organisation works closely with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and tries to collaborate with other government bodies to raise awareness and support the formation of legislative laws that protect girls from violence, neglect and abuse. Banati also partners with like-minded partners that support the cause such as Drosos, Plan International and local organisations such as Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanitarian
    • Special population support
  • Legal and courts
    • Abuse prevention
      • Domestic violence
      • Sexual abuse
      • Child abuse
    • Legal services

Focus populations

  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • At-risk youth
  • Children
  • Homeless people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Low-income people
  • Older adults
  • Preteens
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Women and girls
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Alexbank
  • Cairo University
  • Carrefour
  • Commercial International Bank Foundation
  • Drosos
  • Egyptian Clothing Bank
  • Grand Clinical Laboratories
  • Henkel
  • Kasr Alainy School of Medicine
  • KPMG - Hazem Hassan Consulting
  • New City Developments
  • Plan International
  • QNB Alahli
  • Rakhawy Organization
  • Rotary Club of 6th of October - Zayed
  • Samusocial International
  • Sawiris Foundation for Social Development
  • Vodafone Egypt Foundation
  • Youssef & Partners Law Firm


  • Activities and rehabilitation services
    Banati offers varies services and activities to the girls staying at its shelters. There are legal and education departments, a nursery and education support centre for children who have fallen behind at school. The NGO's social-psycho unit is staffed by psychologists and consulting psychiatrists and offers educational and rehabilitative support. There are also vocational courses available in pottery, art, crafts, cookery, story-telling, sports, yoga, gardening, music, jewellery making, sewing and crochet.
  • Awareness raising and advocacy
    Banati works closely with Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity and tries to collaborate with other government bodies and media outlets to raise awareness and support the formation of legislative laws that protect girls from violence, neglect and abuse.
  • Reception Center
    The reception Center is a place for girls and young mothers spend the day and receive legal and psychological support. This ranges from help with processing documents such as ID cards, birth certificates and marriage certificates, to access to social workers and mental health professionals. Around 1,000 girls visit the centre in a year.
  • Shelters
    Banati has two shelters, one temporary / reception centre in Imbaba and second more permanent site in Haram City. These house high risk girls, and some younger male relatives.
  • Street Outreach
    This is done through a mobile unit that drives around Cairo and offers social services to girls who live on the street.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • AlexBank
  • Ashoka
  • Drosos Foundation
  • Egyptian Clothing Bank
  • HSBC Bank
  • IBM
  • Juhayna
  • King Baudoin Foundation
  • KPMG
  • Medecins du monde
  • National Bank of Kuwait Bank
  • Plan international
  • Safe Kids Worldwide
  • Samusocial International
  • Save the Children
  • Sawiris Foundation For Social Development
  • SOS Children's village international
  • Wataneya Society

Funding source

  • Corporate
  • Fundraising


Board members

  • Hanna Aboulghar, chair
  • Mona Fayek
  • Iman Fathy Iskander, vice chair
  • Mahira Hassan Raouf
  • Rehan El Bashary, Secretary
  • Adly Wagih Thoma
  • Sahar El Sallab
  • Youssef Shoukry
  • Yousria Nassif Loza
  • Samy Yacoub
  • Noha Sabry

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