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Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 82,999,000 (2009)
National language: Arabic
Per capita income: US$ 2,070 (2009)
Life expectancy: 70 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
99% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
94% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 21/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Egypt is most famously known for the Pyramids built during the height of the Egyptian empire over 4,000 years ago.

Located in Northern Africa at the mouth of the Nile, Egypt shares borders with Libya, Sudan and Israel. Roughly three times the size of New Mexico, Egypt has vast expanses of uninhabitable desert, which forces its rapidly growing population to use water from the Nile, an increasingly polluted and overused resource.

Egypt’s economic activity centers on the Nile, which provides water for agricultural and industrial uses as well as transportation of goods and materials. Although farming, particularly of cotton for fine Egyptian linens, is an important industry, recent economic progress has been driven by expanding production of natural gas and petroleum.

Plan Egypt works with children and their families to reduce infant mortality, promote education for all children, and foster economic wellbeing. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.