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, as well as psychological, sociological, and medical 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 7 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 (such as Taekwondo, Football, and Fitness), rehabilitative activities (such as 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 trainings for girls to improve their prospects in the professional sphere, and to provide tehem with wider income genertaing opprtunities.
Psychological and Physical Health Care
Banati offers intensive in-house psychological support with full-time psychologists and part-time psychiatrists who conduct regular one-to-one group sessions. We offer regular checkups in our clinic, and refer to specilazed doctors when needed.
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 in parralel on advocating on external factors that have an influence on children's 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 specificities of each child. All of Banati’s beneficiaries have their personal rehabilitation and reintegration plan based on their needs and backgrounds. To formulate these plans, a strength-based and partcipatory approach relying on the strenghts of the child and involoving the child directly in her/his own protection, are implemented with the aim of engaging in a holistic approach regarding the child's needs.
Banati also works on providing legal services and consultancies to its beneficiaries, helping them complete 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 in the Reception Center.