The protocol comes within the framework of the President’s directives to strengthen social protection measures by implementing the national project “A Hayah Karima” to raise the economic, social and environmental level of families in the neediest villages.
On, Monday, November 15, 2021, the Coptic Orthodox Church, represented by the Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services “BLESS”, the Ministry of State of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs and the Foundation of “A Hayah Karima”, signed a cooperation protocol on “coordinating the participation of Egyptian communities in some Diasporacountries to contribute to supporting some development activities for the Hayah Karima Initiative.
The protocol was signed by His Grace Bishop Yolios, Bishop of BLESS, and on behalf of the ministry, H.E. Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of State of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs and Ms. Aya Omar Al-Qamari Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Hayah Karima foundation.
His Grace Bishop Yolios, Bishop of BLESS, stressed that the protocol comes within the framework of the national and social role played by the Coptic Orthodox Church at home and abroad to support the state's efforts to achieve and settle the goals of sustainable development. As well as, the development efforts undertaken by the church and its institutions, foremost of which is BLESS, which represents the development arm of the Coptic Church with the aim of raising quality of life of people and supporting the neediest groups. His Grace, also, affirmed that the presidential initiative "a Hayah Karima" achieves the highest level of sustainable development, which is "equality". His Grace Bishop Yolios referred to the message of the Holy Bible that a person should have a life and have a better one: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10 and that a Decent life is a better life.
His Grace added that under the protocol, the Bishopric, the Minister of State of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs and the Hayah Karima Foundation are cooperating to enable all Egyptians abroad to contribute to supporting some development activities for the Hayah Karima Initiative.
His Grace also pointed out the importance of building awareness to enrich the process of change. This is what the Church has been striving for since the sixties, which is in line with the goals of a Decent life.
Her Excellency Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of State of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs confirmed that the protocol comes within the framework of implementing the directives of the President regarding strengthening social protection measures, through the implementation of the presidential initiative "A Hayah Karima" with the aim of supporting the neediest and most caring groups. pointing to the agreement of the Ministry of State of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs, the Bishopric of Services, and the Foundation for a Hayah Karima on a model for integrating efforts and contributing to achieving the initiative’s goal of raising the economic, social and environmental level of families in the neediest village according to the poverty map issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, provided that families are empowered to obtaining all basic services and maximizing their capabilities in productive work that contribute to achieving a "Decent life" for their families and loved ones.
Her Excellency the Minister also indicated that this support is not only material support, but is national support to abort all the false negative news being raised about Egypt.
For her part, Ms. Aya Omar, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Hayah Karima Foundation, stated that the Hayah Karima initiative seeks to relieve the burdens of citizens in the neediest communities in the countryside and urban slums and raise the social, economic and environmental level in the villages most in need and their citizens. She also expressed her happiness for the blessing of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, for this protocol, as well as for Egyptians abroad taking the first steps by creating a website in Canada dedicated to supporting a Hayah Karima. At the end of her speech, she thanked the distinguished work team from the Bishopric, the ministry, and the Hayah Karima Foundation.
It is worth noting that "A Hayah Karima" is a presidential initiative that aims to reduce the burden on citizens in the neediest rural communities, through the implementation of a set of development interventions, in which the efforts of the country are combined with the experience of civil society institutions in order to bring about a qualitative improvement in the lives of the targeted citizens and their communities alike. The initiative stresses the importance of strengthening social protection for citizens with the importance of distributing the rewards of development equitably and providing decent and productive job opportunities, especially for young people so that they can raise the standard of living for their families and their local communities.