Friday, July 28, 2006

What can YOU give?Appeal for Funds for Relief Work in Lebanon

Background:

The humanitarian situation in Lebanon is very difficult. The large numbers of refugees from the South and the Southern suburb of Beirut due to the Israeli aggression pose many challenges on the ground.

The displacement and forced migration is still taking place as I am writing these lines today. In Beirut, the big shelter spaces (mainly public schools) are completely full, and many families are being dispersed throughout the city of Beirut, making the relief efforts, the assessment of needs, the medical assistance of these families, more difficult and challenging.

Many organizations, civil societies, political parties, individuals are working to provide refuge, shelters for the people, as well, as basic food supplies for survival, and medical care when needed.

Israel, is still obtaining the green light from America, European and Arab governments, to continue its destructive war upon the civilians, under the pretext of fighting the resistance which is a legitimate voice for occupied people anywhere in the world. The Israel army, by causing death among the civilians, and causing strong damage to the civil and public Lebanese infrastructure, aims to create a division among the Lebanese population, to divide the Lebanese opinion vis-à-vis the role of the resistance, and to pressure the government. Any violent and bloody pressure put upon any population for certain political aims is the definition of terrorism; in this case state terrorism…

The war profiteers exist among our society, just like every where else, the prices for mattresses and supplies are also increasing.

We are calling on people all over the world to raise funds, and send it to us. If you already know people and organizations, go ahead, if not, I am providing you with a list. I am sorry but the list is of course incomplete, I cannot at this point list, all organizations involved in the relief works.

The money will go to:

Buying mattresses for the refugees. In Beirut, we are in short of THOUSAND of mattresses so far. The families continue to arrive, since the bombing is continuous. Also, the merchants increased their prices as a dirty way to make profits. So one small mattress cost $12…
Buying canned food and bread. Each family receives a bag a day with bread, tuna cans or beef, can of beans, diapers (if infants), milk powder, baby milk (if infants), soap, cleaning products, Kleenex… one portion costs around $10-15.
We are cooking also for the schools that shelter the refugees and we need to buy the basic materials. We found this option as a good one, because it is saves us cost also… cost $700 a week
Implementing a Hygiene unit, with a hygiene kit for each family, with all the necessary products for a proper healthy environment, $10 first kit per family…

This is about a rough list of things we are buying… All basic needs for the refugees. Their number is very large and it continues to increase, especially if this war continues… many families also will need some time to go back since the southern suburb of Beirut is on the ground for many parts of it…

Why donate to Small NGOs?

The big organizations, international and governmental associations, such as Red Cross, High Council for Relief, UNICEF…, Doctors without Borders,… are active among the public spaces opened to welcome big amount of families and displaced. The public schools used as shelters are assisted by the Big associations, with all the basic needs, food, medicine, doctors, mattresses… And the big names have also been receiving a lot of money and donations from around the world.

An important aspect of the displacement, especially within the city of Beirut, is that the lack of opening new public spaces, is pushing the families to be dispersed in a very spontaneous and non-organized matter in the city, basically in any possible found space with a roof; garages, warehouses, old apts in empty buildings, rented apts, old cinemas, roof tops …. These families, and they constitute a big percentage among the displaced (sorry no statistics), also all newly displaced are following this path, so these families are not being assisted by the Big NGOs, but rather by the small ones, within the neighborhoods they usually work around….

Please spread the word… The list is incomplete, and all apologies for that… please provide with other names to add to the list…

List of NGOS

Nasma Center (where I am volunteering as well as T MARBOUTA involvements)… helping over 600 families… food ratios
AL HUDA ASSOCIATION
A/C #: 02 430 20 047 465
BANK MED, MAKDESSI BRANCH
VIA BANK OF NEW YORK
A/C #: 890 0057 343
UID: CH 035 040
SWIFT: MEDLLBBX

SAMIDOUN, SANAYEH RELIEF CENTER Coalition of NGOs, Lebanese and Palestinian Students, Zico house, helping over 12,000 refugees… food ratios, medical teams and medications, shelter
BANK OF KUWAIT AND THE ARAB WORLD
SWIFT CODE: BKAWLBBE
CLIENT: GREENLINE ASSOCIATION, SUB ACCOUNT NAME: SAMIDOUN
A/C #: 618 9003
EMAIL: sanayeh.center@gmail.com

NGOs Platform Saida, I don’t have the number, but Saida has been a big shelter place for many southern villages, over 75,000 refugees are finding shelter in Saida, almost equivalent to the number of the population of Saida… food ratio, medical care, shelter
FIRST NATIONAL BANK, SAIDA BRANCH
A/C# 0017-128 374-002 USB
A/C HOLDER: HAMATTO &/OR CHEAIB
NGO PLATFORM OF SAIDA
SWIFT: SINKLBBE

Najdeh Association, Lebanese NGO and also part of the Palestinian NGO group in Lebanon, providing relief works and assistance in the Palestinian refugee camps for the new refugees …
BANK BEIRUT, MAR ELIAS BRANCH
A/C: 363 95
EMAIL: association@najdeh.org.lb
PHONE: 00 961 1 30 20 79

LADE – Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections – also organizing a relief campaign
SOCIETE GENERALE DE BANQUE AU LIBAN, SASSINE BRANCH, SASSINE ST., ACHRAFIEH, BEYROUTH
A/C NAME: Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections
A/C #: 013 004 360 016454 02 5
SWIFT: SGLILSBX

T MARBOUTA café, not a formal NGO, but we are cooking for 700 people a day, buying and distributing mattresses and covers, providing hygiene kits and units for each family….
ABDUL-RAHMAN ZAHZAH
BANK AUDI SAL – AUDI SARADAR GROUP, VERDUN BRANCH
A/C #: 745324-03
SWIFT CODE: AUDBLBBX

OR SEND DIRECTLTY VIA WESTERN UNION


Salam,
Abdul-Rahman Zahzah

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