UNICEF in Egypt begins winterization clothes distribution for children on the move

For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.

Menna El Malky
For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil

10 February 2019

As the winter season is taking a toll on vulnerable families, UNICEF in Egypt and its partners are distributing winter clothes to children on the move, ages from 0 to 18 years old. The on going distribution is taking place through UNICEF funded family centers, located across the country, primarily in the governorates of Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Dammietta and targeting a total of 73,115 children.

On the first day of the distribution, UNICEF in Egypt team visited “Abwab” family center in Haram and spoke to the children and their families, who expressed their hopes and dreams for a better future. With UNICEF’s funding and its implementing partner Terre Des Hommes (TdH), “Abwab” family center is able to provide psychosocial support to children on the move and was selected to be the first family center in Greater Cairo to start the distribution.

For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
“I want to go horseback riding” that is Abdel-Meguid’s plan for the first time he goes out with his new suit. Abdel Meguid is a 13-year-old Syrian boy, who loves acting. His dream is to become a comedian actor, just like his idol Adel Emam, a mega Egyptian comedy star.
For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
Mohamed is a young Eritrean boy who used to be so shy, but now he participates in drawing activities and playing football at “Abwab”. Mohamed’s plan the next time he visits “Abwab” is to play with his friends, wearing his new winter clothes.

        

For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
Adam is a 5-year-old boy from Yemen, who has been undergoing speech therapy at “Abwab” family center. His mother noticed a great deal of improvement in his case; he was able to make friends at his nursery and participates in activities. Adam and his family expressed their excitement to have brand new clothes that Adam plans on wearing them the next time he goes to the pyramids.
For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
“We don’t buy much stuff ever since our father died three years ago. I am so happy that my sister and brother are getting new clothes so that they can wear them at home or whenever they go out” said a 19-year-old Syrian girl who preferred to remain anonymous. The girl has previously participated in an interpersonal skills workshop, organized by “Abwab”, which helped in developing her self-confidence.

         

For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
Mounib is a young Sudanese boy who, according to his mother, insisted on accompanying her in picking up the winter clothes for him and his siblings. Mounib’s mother added that he enjoys his time at Abwab especially when it comes to playing football or drawing.
For some children, enjoying the new clothes was the happiest part of their day.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Rehab El Dalil
Many children joined the distribution process along with their parents; they usually visit “Abwab” to participate in interactive activities; however, the day of the distribution was a bit different and more exciting, as each one of them has already set his/her plan on what to do with his/her new suit.