What is the Coptic Orthodox Church Development Department? The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest church in the Middle East, with over 15 million Copts. The church believes in its role towards its society and therefore the COCDD headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, is concerned with the well-being, social and cultural development, inter-cultural harmony and social justice. Working towards reducing poverty, enhancing education, improving health, and promoting equity and harmony of life to all humans regardless of gender, race or religion. read more…
The Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) is a general bishopric of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
BLESS was established in 1962 to be the social, diaconal and development arm of the Church.
Brief History • BLESS was established by HG Late Bishop Samuel on September 30th, 1962
A community capable of investing its potential,
accepting diversity, respecting differences, and preserving with human dignity.
Mission: Awakening the social-consciousness of individuals to liberate society from the bondage of poverty, ignorance, and illness. Emphasizing human values, reinforcing the Egyptian identity. Leading the change through community participation. BLESS will lead the change through field interventions, and the support of forming local entities.
BLESS has provided its services through 30 dioceses.
At any given point of time, BLESS is serving 30 active communities, at least.
In addition, by December 31st, 2016 BLESS has completed its full coverage of 64 communities.
Those communities are being followed up and supported by “BLESS Exit Coordinators”.
84,165 literacy class participants have passed their literacy exams. read more…
It has two target categories:
a. Childhood Development: Providing early childhood education as well as a wide variety of social activities that ends at forming a creative, tolerant fully diversified community.
b. Youth Program: Empowering Coptic Youth to pro-act effectively in their Church and society.
This Program consists of 2 units:
a. Combating Violence against Childhood: Enabling the children to grow up in a healthy community and help them know about their rights and enjoy their childhood.
b. Combating Violence against Women: Advancing for the health and social conditions of the Egyptian woman and girls. more…
a.Best Life Program:
Providing substance abuse prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and follow-ups with recovering addicts to aid in recovery and prevent relapse.
b.Disability Care Program: Caring and preparing people with disabilities to merge into the community and acquire a better standard of living.
HH Pope Tawadros II attended the “Development experts meeting” organized the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical at papal Logos Center in St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun, which raised: “Challenges facing the community development in Egypt” subject where they discussed what is the most important development approaches that can be adopted to support national efforts for development? The meeting was conducted by Anba Yolios General Bishop of services and was attended by Anba Thomas Bishop of Quseya and Mir, Father Daoud Lamei and a number of leaders of development and social work. The meeting aimed at reviewing the most important ideas and modern trends in the field of development to benefit from in the development of the BLESS in the next development plan 2018-2022.
HH Pope Tawadros II attended the celebration held by the Bishopric of public, social services and ecumenical on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Samuel, the first bishop of public and social services. The ceremony which was attended by a number of Bishops included a presentation of a documentary film about the life of Bishop Samuel as well as Dr.kamal Morris speech on behalf of the family of Bishop Samuel in which he thanked the Pope for his presence at this joyous celebration. Bishop Pachomius, Bishop of Beheira and Matrouh and five western cities delivered an emotional speech about his memories with Bishop Samuel at the beginning of his service as a young man and Bishop Samuel interest in pastoral and development work as well as his devotion thoughts. Bishop Yolios, bishop of public and social services, granted Bishop Pachomius Anba Samuel Shield of development. At the end, HH Pope Tawadros II delivered a speech in which he recalled one of Bishop Samuel sermons that influenced His Holiness, The sermon title was (together) and was about the importance of teamwork. Then the Pope distributed souvenirs to the audience.
Support and improve the community worker’s capacities and achievements.more…
Studying and assessing community problems and raising the awareness on different aspects of citizenship and civil state. Providing BLESS staff with the most up-to-date researches and studies pertaining to community development and social research.more…
To create master plans and individual program plans, generate a map of expected results, set success indicators, collect implementation data, evaluate performance and streamline next phase plans.more…
• Providing support to needy individuals who have no recourses.
The program puts a special focus on:
• Helping single parent families who have no access to a minimum income.
• Underprivileged widows.
• Patients with chronic diseases who have no health insurance coverage.
• Prisoners and their families.
• Elderly incapable individuals who cannot work.
• Victims of political and natural disasters.