Children form the bedrock, innocence,
and future for any society. 

 

 

2.2 billion children around the world. And growing.

Based on data collected from the United Nations, in 2013, the world population stood at 7.2 billion with children representing more than 30.5% at 2.2 billion. These children represent our next generation of leaders, artists, social activists, and athletes. As such, its the responsibility of the global community to make sure that they have a safe environment to grow, play, and learn. Unfortunately, for many children around the world such an environment is not available to them. According to the latest data provided by UNICEF, there are more than 151 million children who are orphans worldwide.

 

Measuring & Responding to the growing crisis of lost children.

Estijaba, traces its roots to April 30, 2014 - six days after the kidnapping of 243 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. It was then, that the organization was formed and began embarking on an awareness response to the crisis of lost children. Across the globe, lost children are being created everyday. For purposes of this response study, "Lost Children"  are defined as orphans, juvenile prison inmates, and kidnapped/missing children. Our findings indicate that the high number of lost children can be attributed in large part to armed conflicts, economic under development in certain regions, and different societal factors. 

 

 

 

Estijaba is Arabic for response. A response for awareness, for hope, and that is needed.

On April 14, 2014; more than 276 female students were kidnapped in Nigeria by men belonging to a group called Boko Haram. 

Imam Khalid Latif  Executive Director and Imam for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU)

Imam Khalid Latif 
Executive Director and Imam for the Islamic Center at
New York University (NYU)

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh President of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Diplomat, and Writer

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh
President of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Diplomat, and Writer

Dr. Mahmoud Ashour Former Assistant Dean of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Committee on Dialogue among Islamic Schools of Thought

Dr. Mahmoud Ashour
Former Assistant Dean of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Committee on Dialogue among Islamic Schools of Thought

Dr. Ezzedine Choukri Fishere Diplomat, Novelist, and Academic  

Dr. Ezzedine Choukri Fishere
Diplomat, Novelist, and Academic
 

Left - Amr ElKady Egyptian Actor and Artist Right - Asser Abdelghany Egyptian Journalist

Left - Amr ElKady
Egyptian Actor and Artist
Right - Asser Abdelghany
Egyptian Journalist

Wael Nawara Writer, Political Activist, and Former President of the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AAFD)

Wael Nawara
Writer, Political Activist, and Former President of the Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy (AAFD)

Hesham Mesbah Olympian Medalist (2004, 2008, 2012)

Hesham Mesbah
Olympian Medalist (2004, 2008, 2012)

Hassan Al Shark World Renowned & Self-Taught Artist

Hassan Al Shark
World Renowned & Self-Taught Artist

Dr. Nageh Ibrahim Co-founder of Al Gamaa Al-Islamiya

Dr. Nageh Ibrahim
Co-founder of Al Gamaa Al-Islamiya

Alaadin Abdulkassem Olympian Medalist (London 2012)

Alaadin Abdulkassem
Olympian Medalist (London 2012)

2016 Projects

Following up on the success of Estijaba's first project that went from 2014 to 2015, we are working hard to develop our 2016 projects (Hakika & Rowiti). Hakika is Arabic for truth and Rowiti is Arabic for vision. As a self-funded project, Estijaba is gradually gathering the required funds necessary and putting the proper team in place. Stay tuned for more updates.