Banati’s Mobile Unit targets vulnerable children in street situations, and is the first contact with the child. The unit is equipped with trained professionals who build trust with the children on the street and encourage them to abandon street life. The unit is also equipped with medical supplies, food, clothes, and psychological support.
Located in Old Cairo, the Reception Center receives children and young mothers on a daily basis. The center provides psychological support and positive nurturing to encourage visitors to come back and gradually leave behind their lives on the streets and the dangers that accompany it.
Banati has a permanent shelter in Haram City, 6th of October area, with a maximum capacity of 218 children between the ages of 2 and 18 years. We also have another temporary shelter in Imbaba with a maximum capacity of 12 children.
Banati provides workshops through the "Sawsaweyya Project" that include sports (like Taekwondo, Football, and Fitness), rehabilitative activities (like Yoga and Meditation), gardening and planting, storytelling, origami, photography, art, jewelry making, crochet, pottery, and music; in addition to excursions and field visits.
Banati provides employment-related training for girls to improve their prospects in the professional sphere, and to teach them various skills that leave them able to generate income.
Banati offers intensive in-house psychological treatments with full-time psychologists and part-time psychiatrists who conduct regular one-to-one group sessions. We offer regular checkups in our clinic, and, if there is a need for a specialized doctor, we do referrals.
Banati’s youngest girls attend one of two formal nurseries inside Banati’s premises, one of which is a Montessori Nursery. The girls also attend public schools, experimental schools, and community schools. They also receive non-formal education including literacy classes.
Banati works on the reformation and adjustment of all surrounding factors that have an influence on the girls’ lives; this includes advocacy campaigns and lobbying to activate the Child Law and change legislations related to children and women.
Banati has a unique case management program that is based on the individuality of each case. All of Banati’s beneficiaries have their personal rehabilitation and reintegration plan based on each case’ specificities and background. To formulate these plans, a strength-based approach, which bases the intervention methods on the strength of the child, and a participatory approach, which builds the interventions and actions through direct involvement with the child, are implemented with the aim of increasing children’s involvement in the process, thereby magnifying results.
Banati also works on providing legal services and consultancies to its beneficiaries, helping them completing their official papers and legalize their situations. This includes, but is not limited to, identification papers, including birth certificates and identification cards. It should be noted that Banati does not only issue birth certificates to children in the shelters, but also to regular visitors to the Reception Center.