Tawasol Egypt

Tawasol for Developing Istabl Antar NGO (Tawasol Egypt) was founded in 2008 to provide free and quality education for out-of-school children in the slums of Cairo. Over the years, Tawasol has combined education with vocational training and the performing arts in an integrated approach to community education and development. The NGO also provides literacy and health awareness sessions to women and families in the communities they serve.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
    • Folk arts
    • Arts education
  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Employment
  • Education
    • Vocational education
    • Elementary and secondary education
    • Adult education
    • Educational management
    • Education services
  • Health
    • Out-patient care
      • Health care clinics
      • School-based health care
  • Humanitarian
    • Youth development
      • Community service for youth
      • Youth services
  • Sports and leisure
    • Community recreation
    • Sports

Focus populations

  • Artists and performers
  • At-risk youth
  • Low-income people
  • Older adults
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Unemployed people
  • Working poor
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Community School
    Tawasol runs its own community school accommodating up to 500 students including children with special needs from the neighboring areas. The school includes a sports playground, a 150-seat theatre, a school library, an art room and a computer lab. Tawasol also has a performing arts programme at the school to provide a creative outlet for students to develop their talents through theatre, choir, Egyptian folklore, and circus arts.
  • Tawasol Shop
    To support the economic development of the communities in which they operate, Tawasol produces unique hand-made products using locally sourced materials. Products are sold at the Tawasol premises or online and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of these products are given back to the communities that made them, either in wages to artisans, or to help sustain community development projects.


Funding model

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


Key staff

  • founder, Yasmina Abou Youssef

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