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SALMA's Nonprofit Daycare and Educational center in Egypt

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SALMA’s Education Center is more than just a daycare; it is a place for children to explore, learn and have fun. SEC is a daycare with very minimal charge to families in need. We are educating children with modern techniques and lessons with higher standards and better educational goals than most common daycares in our country. Our ultimate goal is for students to receive maximum education while acquiring diversity in intelligence and culture as well. The children mainly range from the ages of 4 to 6. This establishes a foundation in the child's life and gives them a head start in education. Students will learn basic words, letters, numbers, as well as learning sentences in Arabic and English. They will also be taught basic science, geography and history. They will go on field trips to explore the different ways of life and culture in Egypt. Field trips consist of things such as libraries, museums, recreational centers, historical sites, etc. The center is located in a low-income area in Cairo. The average daycare will charge about 70-100 Egyptian pounds ($7-$10 according to the most recent currency exchange rate), which is more than a low income family can afford. This does not include the cost of field trips or educational activities. SALMA’s education center only charges 20 Egyptian pounds ($2 US) with field trips and educational activities included. This low fee is more of an investment rather than a profit. We are also putting a system in place so that parents can volunteer and be more involved with the center, which doing so will reduce the fees. SALMA's Daycare and Early Educational Center started in November of 2014 with one location. We now have 64 kids in 3 classrooms, 4 employees, including 3 teachers and a nanny. A lot of the children are attending daycare for their first time. If it weren't for SALMA's very affordable prices the majority of these children would never of had the chance to attend any type of early educational center. Witnessing the levels of improvement that these children have made has been so empowering and encouraging. The results have been truly amazing. We are currently working on a second location in order to increase the vicinity. Opening the second location means that we can cover more area and help more families in need. All campaign funds will go towards helping us in the finishing of the second location as well as funding for the currently operating location. Help spread the word!

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