ABOUT OUR CAUSE
Thank you for taking an active step to aid Beirut through the ATFL Lebanon Relief Project - a People to People transfer from Americans to the Lebanese directly. As donations from the global community pour into Beirut, medical supplies remain in very short supply and hospitals only have a few days of essential supplies available. The Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL) are leading a national coordinated effort to airlift medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment to Lebanon. It’s an approach that deals with the urgency to get the donated medicines, medical supplies that these hospitals need -- NOW, and requires national coordination with experienced NGOs like Anera, Afya Foundation, and Direct Relief, in addition to US government agencies.
Thanks to the generous hearts of so many, we succeeded in airlifting more than $20 million of needed medications and medical supplies and equipment to Beirut in the aftermath of the catastrophic explosions. Beirut lost six months’ worth of medicines stored at the port with this explosion. Yet in spite of a badly damaged port, our airlifts extended a lifeline to Beirut hospitals in their crippling moments.
The need in Lebanon has not diminished and the hospitals continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. We need you to join us in extending a healing hand to Beirut and other parts of the country and continue to bring hope to those who are unable to access adequate health care. You know the problems: a weak economy, depressed lira, lack of jobs, and inadequate public services. Help us make an immediate difference.
We are utilizing the Center for Arab American Philanthropy's ("CAAP") platform to fundraise solely for the procurement, collection, shipment and distribution of medical supplies, surgical supplies and personal protective equipment for Lebanese hospitals in need. Your contribution is tax-deductible in the U.S. and 100% of your dollar will go toward the initiative.
A Chance to Give Back
We are so proud of the many Lebanese-American philanthropists and affiliated charities who have joined this initiative to effectuate relief in our beloved Beirut.
A specific thank you to the Lebanon Relief Working Group whom put this together:
Ambassador Edward Gabriel, Manal Saab, Jean AbiNader, Rashal Baz Zureikat, Micheline Nader, Emile and Dina Haddad, Faysal Saab, Zaher Akl, Akram AbouKhalil, Anis Abdul-Karim, Kamal and Yasmine Shouhayib, and Samer and Rihab Suki.
American Task Force on Lebanon, The Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation, Anera, Direct Relief, Afya Foundation, Clinton Foundation, ALMA-LA, Jobs for Lebanon, Cedars Relief and People to People Aid.
Lebanon Relief Project on the ground in Lebanon - Wasseem Kabbara.
Reach out with questions, or if you’d like to join the list.
AMERICAN TASK FORCE ON LEBANON
The ATFL is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization comprised of Americans of Lebanese heritage and others who share a common interest in Lebanon and the goals of the ATFL. ATFL is nonsectarian, independent, and nonpartisan. Its purpose is to improve the civic, cultural, educational, and charitable ties between our two countries, and the common values that unite us.
On The Ground in Lebanon
Anera's medical donations team is currently coordinating shipments of medicines and health care supplies to be air-shipped to Lebanon from the US and the UK. Our on-the-ground staff are organizing clean-up efforts as well as distributions of water, food, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves to families and others who are picking up the pieces after the tragic explosion.
JOBS FOR LEBANON
Jobs for Lebanon is a US based non-profit that aims to address the ongoing economic crisis in Lebanon by encouraging the 16 million Lebanese in the diaspora to offer job opportunities to qualified Lebanese talent. Through this effort, JFL empowers the diaspora to participate in the country’s economic recovery by connecting them with qualified talent-base in Lebanon.