Wataneya Society

The Wataneya Society was established in 2008 of businessmen with the aim of improving and rehabilitating care homes and creating a future of equal opportunities for orphaned children and youth or those who lack parental care in Egypt. Working with government entities and ministries, civil society organisations and initiatives as well as international organisations, projects include: capacity building for caregivers and professionals; better family support systems; improving the quality of care homes; and stronger aftercare systems to help young people be independent after leaving care. To date, the organisation has impacted 220 care homes and more than 3,000 children and youth.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian
    • Special population support

Focus populations

  • Adolescents
  • At-risk youth
  • Children
  • Infants and toddlers
  • Orphans
  • Preteens

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Alternative care system
    Wataneya is working on developing alternative family and institutional care systems through developing alternative care strategies, and legislative frameworks for the care of children and youth without parental care. They also focus on the development of quality standards and procedural manuals. Sector professionals are then trained to use these tools and systems, and better understand how to monitor and evaluate them.
  • Consultation
    Wataneya provides consulting services that includes all technical and administrative aspects of caring for children and youth without parental care. Delivered by specialists with the aim of applying quality standards for alternative care. In addition, Wataniya provides consultations in the design and development of social responsibility programs for private sector companies. It also provides consultations to relevant civil society organisations and cooperates closely with Egypt's Ministry of Social Solidarity.
  • Knowledge creation
    Wataneya participates and hosts specialised conferences, such as Sanad Forum, with the objective of knowledge sharing, exchanging experiences between care homes’ founders, managers and caregivers for children without parental care, and finding mutual solutions.
  • Learning and development
    Wataneya has been accredited by the global education company Pearson to provide a professional certificate specialised in the field of child care and development. The training process offered by Wataneya was also approved by Pearson to build the capacity of those working in the field of child care and protection as well as volunteers, sponsors and foster families of orphaned children and youth.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • Pro bono services
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • Alfanar
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Dorra Group
  • Drosos Foundation
  • EzzSteel
  • Giza Systems Education Foundation
  • Misr El Kheir Foundation (MEK)
  • Rakhawy Institute for Training and Research
  • Sawiris Foundation For Social Development


Key staff

  • executive director, Yasmine ElHagry

Board members

  • Ahmed Moussa, Member
  • Amr Shaker, Founder and vice chair
  • Azza Abdel Hamid, Founder and chairperson
  • Mona el Shibeny, Founder and treasurer
  • Shehab El Nawawi, Member
  • Sherif Mansour, Founder
  • Tawfik Al Rashidy, Founder and secretary general

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