CESA is directed by a eleven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers elected by a General Assembly of founding members. Board meetings are held on a monthly basis, and the approval of a majority of the Board is required for all major policy decisions. The Chairperson of CESA is also elected by the Board. The General Assembly supervises the activities of the Board, and the Ministry of Social Affairs monitors the organization as a whole. The Ministry reviews CESA’s accounts and conducts regular audits.
|Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Abdel-Azeem|
|Mr. El-Sayed Ismail El-Sayed |
|Mrs. Gihan Samy Soliman |
Mr. Ahmed Atef Amer (Water and Soil Administration)
- Conservation of culture and heritage
The overall objective of the association is to improve the level of social and public services especially for the Bedouins in the Saint Katherine, South Sinai, Egypt. To fulfill these objectives a Community and Environmental Services association was established and included the following units and laboratories:
Mobile Veterinary Health Care Vehicle (MVHCV)
The mobile veterinary unit (vehicle) successfully provided the planned veterinary services (regular check-ups and provision of medicines whenever deemed needed), to the husbandry communities in St. Katherine Protectorate. The area in which services were provided covers the city of St. Katherine and it’s Wadis (about 27 wadis) in St. Katherine. By the end of 2011, MVHCV treated a total numbers of 4570 animal heads ( 356 camels, 1348 sheep, 2866 goats and a token hen was also treated.
Water Quality Unit (WQU)
The mission of this unit concerned with the ground water. Technicians were analyzed samples for customers at prices less competitive. Analyses included physical and chemical parameters of water and toxinogenic algae contaminated the wells. In addition a purification unit has been established near Al-Zayitona well to produce 10 m3/daily of purified water free of charge. The purification station uses 6 techniques for water desalination and disinfection through sedimentation bath with alum, sand filter, ultraviolet based disinfection, solar energy based desalination, chlorination and ozonization. Surveying of over flourosis effects on teeth was carried in different wadis in Saint Katherine.
The ground water of Saint Katherine attracted the attention of many researchers in Egypt and two posters published in Biovision Conference in Alexandria 2012 and a paper concerning contamination of ground water by natural radionuclides published in Assiut Journal of Botany.
Biocide and Mushroom Production Unit (BMPU)
Biocide against common plant pathogens and to enhance production of organic crops produced on a commercial scale in the unit. The laboratory staff members trained about 150-200 women on the techniques of cultivating and marketing of mushrooms in their home on a commercial scale to sell it to the different hotels in South Sinai area especially Sharm El-Sheikh, Dahab, Taba, Nuweiba and St. Katherine its self. The women have learned how to prepare the spawn, the media and the required conditions for cultivation. The team provided advice and counselling for women in addition to cheap publications, in order to increase family income.
The unit has been established within the association administration office. 103 local Bedouin women attended 6 training courses in mushroom cultivation. 13 women have started a mushroom cultivation plots and the association arranges their sales on behalf of the women. Further training courses were held on "Mushroom and biocide production" organised and presented to Agriculture Directorate staff and 13 students from Cairo University. A total of 200 people were trained in mushroom production. In addition a booklet under the title" Production and marketing of mushroom" was published.
This unit has been realised within the association administration office. Information on cultural heritage values has been provided to 50 school children (3 school classes) in St. Katherine city. The unit has purchased information booklets and posters mainly aimed at children’s’ education. 30 local people were trained in organising awareness campaigns. 50 school children were selected and have received training in preparation of promotional materials.
Awareness campaigns provided health education for women on the proper diet and food contamination that threaten their health. In addition to other titles such as harmful effects of smoking, environmental camp on sustainability and bio-diversity and natural balance, birds flu, world’s environment day, carbon reduction, water pollution and environmental rights. In addition three booklets were published by the unit they were: women rights in Sinai, food contamination by mycotoxins and Simplified and useful in the healthy regulated food. Awareness campaigns provided health education for mothers and their children on the proper diet and food contamination that threaten their health.
The following competition in art and biodiversity (organisms living in any certain area) were held:
- Harmful effects of smoking
- Environmental camp on sustainability and biodiversity and natural balance
- Birds and swine flue
- Environmental International Events
- Carbon reduction
- Food contamination
- Water pollution
- Environmental rights