Message of CEOSS Director
Reverend Dr. Andrea Zaki
The Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services seeks, since the 1950s, to improve the quality of life for poor and marginalized citizens whoever and wherever they may be. It works to provide opportunities for decent and sustainable living for citizens of our homeland in the poorest villages and slums with a focus on most vulnerable groups such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, and children.
CEOSS works on achieving its mission through setting executive plans for its different units and programs. These are prepared in a scientific manner to suit the needs of the work communities. Last year, CEOSS was able to realize many achievements and extend its mission to more than two million Egyptian citizen in villages, slums, and deprived areas regardless of gender, religion, or creed.
For CEOSS to achieve its mission on the ground, it works through mechanisms and models that aim at building poor communities, institutions, and individuals in order to increase their preparedness and enhance their cohesion to be capable of developing effective mechanisms that contribute to their steadfastness and resilience to confront current and prospective dangers, threats, and changes on all fronts.
CEOSS also complemented its strategy by establishing full partnerships with the different sectors of the state: government: civil society, private, research centers, and the media in order to maximize the benefit and returns for the target groups.
However, this previous year was unlike any other. In light of the circumstances the society is currently passing through, namely, the spread of the coronavirus, the Egyptian society has been impacted by this crisis along all its sectors, thus affecting CEOSS’ work. Consequently, CEOSS management started to prepare a number of decisions that aimed at ensured staff safety and security, most important of which were decisions for CEOSS management to work, follow up, and manage all the organization’s work via conference calls to apply social distancing. This is besides a number of other precautionary measures such as providing means of sanitization and protection for all staff in all work locations across the country.
Based on CEOSS role and responsibility towards the country, it has planned to launch a number of initiatives in the local communities across all sectors and units with a total amount of six million Egyptian pounds to enhance the protection needed to face the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak. CEOSS also participated in a number of national initiatives the state adopts such as the Noor Hayat, Decent Life, and Tahya Misr Fund initiatives.
Despite the challenges and circumstances Egypt has been facing on the whole, and which have affected, in one way or another, Egyptian citizens in general and poor citizens in particular, we have been able to fulfil our mission in the best possible manner thanks to the joint cooperation between CEOSS and the state, the private sector, and civil society organizations.
It is my pleasure to present to you this report on the first six months of 2021. It is a report on the different achievements of the various CEOSS work units. In the report, we have tried to clarify the magnitude of activities and programs implemented by CEOSS as well as the number of beneficiaries whom we hope will increase in the coming years in order to be able to achieve our mission in serving Egyptians and our dear homeland as best as we possibly can.