The Environmental Program of BLESS is dedicated to improving the living conditions and local environment of targeted communities. The programme is primarily concerned with reducing levels of pollution and waste, therefore reducing rates of disease and other medical problems. It also aims to develop sustainable resource management skills and healthy sewage disposal. Through local cleaning campaigns and specialized cadre trainings, BLESS works to support communities in becoming both self-sustaining and eco-friendly.
The Primary Objective of the Environmental Program is to ensure that all people within targeted communities are able to live in a clean and healthy environment, while establishing sustainable eco-friendly models to ensure continued community health.
Pollution is a major threat to the Egyptian society. In a WHO report released in 2018, it was estimated that only 12% of Egypt’s urban areas met international air-quality regulations. In 2016 WHO report, an estimated 38 million Egyptians did not have access to clean or unpolluted water. Many of Egypt’s environmental challenges are manmade—the results of harmful practices or lack of environmental awareness—but these challenges diminish the health and wellbeing of Egyptians, especially those living in poorer communities with fewer resources and opportunities to improve their communities.
As part of the IDCP, the Environmental Programme implements work in targeted communities that are clearly threatened by an over abundance of waste or perpetuate harmful environmental practices. Typically, this programme operates in more urban communities, but rural communities may receive assistance as well.