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NAHLA ELNMER Social Development


I was raised in an orphanage since I was two years old. At 23 I had to leave the orphanage to start facing life independently. I graduated from The Higher Institute of Social Work, and worked in the same orphanage she was raised in for two years.

To make a positive change in orphans living conditions in Egypt, I joined an Egyptian NGO, Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages in 2012, which develops the Quality Standards for Care within institutional homes for children without parental care.

To upgrade my career, I acquired an international vocational qualification in promoting childcare, which made me part of Wataneya's assessors who conduct assessments for orphanages and institutional homes.
I`m now a Senior Assessor at Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages, where I`m leading a team of assessor to conduct institutional assessments for orphanages based on the Quality Standards for Alternative Care to support the orphanages to identify their strengths and their points for improvements.
I`m conducting workshops for volunteers "dose& don'ts” when you visit the orphanages to know how they can deal with the orphans.
And also I'm giving a trainings to the caregivers who are responsible to raise the children within the orphanages
I was selected to represent orphaned youth in Beit El Helm Award by being the Jury Advisor. The award which was launched in partnership with MBC Hope and Drosos Foundation in 2015, is dedicated for best orphanages applying the Quality Standards in Egypt.
Now I`m a mentor to the orphaned youth/ kids to help them to overcome their challenges by sharing my expertise being raised in an orphanage.
I was invited at Tedx Cairo Women / Wikistage Cairo to share my journey towards accepting and appreciating herself and orphan hood by considering it as strength and not a weakness

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