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Welcome! We’re BLESS

What is BLESS?

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
Historical Background

Vision and Mission

Vision : 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 target communities in the year 2018

What does the Community Development Offer?
  • Active at 40-45 communities at any given time
  • 2-5 years of engagement with each community
  • Essential service package; education, health and economic
  • 2-5 more services TBD based on community needs analysis
  • Strong focus on community empowerment and sustainability
  • Transfer of the know-how to local diocese/ communities
  • Provide lasting technical assistance to graduate communities
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1998 – 2017 Accomplishments
  • BLESS has provided its services through 45 dioceses.
  • In addition, by December 31st, 2017 BLESS has completed its full coverage of 113 communities.
  • Those communities are being followed up and supported by “BLESS Program Coordinators”.
  • 84,421 literacy class participants have passed their literacy exams.
  • 4,823 houses accessed potable water.
  • 3,700 houses acquired established pit latrines.
  • 2,587 houses have accessed the national electricity power network.
  • 4,545 houses acquired strong roofs.
  • 5,646 houses benefited of repairs of floor and walls.
  • 7,275 beneficiaries implemented income generating projects.
  • 7,647 trainees attended vocational training courses.
  • 4,458 people got employment opportunities.
  • 88 rural clubs were established.
  • 118 daycare facilities and 90 child clubs were established.

News and Success stories

Success story in El-Der el Sharqi village

A fight for a colored life

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BLESS 2018

BLESS has two major service departments:
- The Agape Program (charity services).
- The Community Development Program

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BLESS Guiding Values

  • Our love for God inspires us to love all human beings and emphasizing their human dignity .
  • Transparency and accountability.
  • Encouraging and supporting the spirit of creativity, volunteer work and supporting others.
  • Respecting human beings regardless of religion, sex, age, or race.
  • Re-affirming the spirit of responsibility and commitment.
  • Providing quality and sustainable services.
  • Focusing on compiling and utilizing available local resources.

BLESS Main Programes

Education Development

the Education Programme has been divided into two specialized departments— the Adult Education department
and the Increasing Standards of Education department.

Caring of Vulnerable Groups

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.
c. Prisoner Care

Community Peace Building

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.