Special School Safaga

School for mentally handicapped children

In October 2010, the Egyptian government established the Safaga Special School. In addition to education, the aim is to strive for acceptance of people with a mental disability, because to this day in Egypt these persons and their families are shunned or rejected by society. Every school day, about forty children between 5 and 17 years old with mental retardation, autism and Down syndrome come to the school.

This is how Special School Safaga started…

In 2011 Sofie Deconinck and Danielle Theunissen heard about this new school and the need for extra help. The first visit to the school was shocking to them as the approach to education for disabled people in Western countries is completely different. Sofie and Danielle decided to lend a helping hand and take action. The start of a beautiful adventure…

Initially, the aid focused on furnishing the bare classrooms, providing playground equipment, sports equipment for physical exercise, etc.

This is how Special School Safaga has evolved…

Over the years, Special School Safaga and the organization expanded the children’s activities with outings, entertainment at Nemo Dive Club & Hotel and weekly recreational sessions with the kids in the classroom, taught by our volunteers, to stimulate and enhance their creativity and skills. At the initiative of Sofie, the organization started in 2014 with water therapy for some physically handicapped children from Safaga, as they are not supported either. Nemo Dive Club & Hotel offered the use of its pool for this purpose and today several children attend these weekly sessions, guided by professional therapists in kine and speech therapy. These people also treat these children in their own practices 3 times a week.

In the meantime, an organization has also emerged in collaboration with Heba and Joseph: “children from Safaga with special needs”. Here the parents and the rest of the family are also more involved.

Our goal…

By collecting funds, the schools can purchase equipment and provide financial support so that the teachers and our team of volunteers have the opportunity to continue to stimulate and activate the children. The therapies are also financed.