Lebanon in Crisis
 Summer 2006
How YOU Can Help

There are many ways you can participate in humanitarian relief in Lebanon now. A primary focus of this relief is providing help to those in centers for the displaced. As of noon Friday, July 21, the Ministry of Social Affairs indicated that there were 180,000 displaced persons being taken care of in 170 centers for the displaced, mostly in public and private schools throughout Lebanon. These numbers continue to grow by the hour as more displaced find their way to shelters and the information is transmitted to the Higher Relief Council, the central coordination office based at the Grand Serail. In addition, there are many other displaced people being housed in people’s homes, some with help from government relief services.&Different ministries are taking responsible for the centers for the displaced in regard to issues of security, administration, health, hygiene, etc under the general coordination of the Higher Relief Council. The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for four issues on the site of these centers:

1) Recreation for children, both to minimize their trauma from the experience and to identify children who need special attention
2) hygiene and basic cleanliness;
3) conflict resolution, and
4) registering needs and complaints.

VOLUNTEER
Those who want to volunteer should try to register by calling the National Relief Hotline (01-985880). And those who can, should come to one of two orientation and training meetings (with or without being registered). Go either Tuesday or Thursday (July 25th or 27th) at noon at the main office of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Badaro. For those who wish, volunteers can be paired to volunteer together. Whatever your profession, skills, abilities, and education, you can volunteer to help in some way.

COLLECT GOODS AND MONEY
Many centers for the displaced are being managed by political, religious, or social organizations. You are encouraged to help your group or work with the Ministry of Social Affairs to help those centers for the displaced without an organization sponsoring them.
Most groups working with centers for the displaced need the following:
1) FOOD (Priority)
Pasta (Spaghetti)
Flour
Bread
Rice
Sugar
Oil
Canned Food
Powder Milk
Cereals (lentils, beans, peas, ...)
Pasteurized cheese
WATER

2) UTILITIES
Blankets
Sleeping Mats (PRIORITY)
Cooking pots
Dish
Metal spoon
Mug
Cookers
Gas containers
Candles
Matches

3) HYGIENE
Soap Bar
Multi-purpose detergent
Sanitary towels for women
Toilet paper
Soft tissues
Diapers for children from 0-2 years old
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Shampoo

4) MEDICAL
Multi-vitamins
Iron
Multi-purpose analgesic (Panadol, Tylenol)
Sterile bandages
Alcohol
Mercurochrome
Bandages
Antiseptic lotion

5) RECREATION FOR CHILDREN
Balls
Toys
Games
Children's books
Crayons and paper

While most organizations serving the displaced will accept money, they sometimes prefer that people bring the goods because they are having difficulty finding shops open and with reasonable prices. They also need another institutional kitchen, like a restaurant, to help cook large numbers of meals. 

RED CROSS
The Red Cross is providing medical relief only. It is not providing any other humanitarian aid. The Red Cross does not need any additional volunteers since its volunteers are trained and experienced, and this is not the time to provide training to new recruits. But it does need people to donate money to provide medicines for those in need from the market in Lebanon. Donations can be made through your bank to the Red Cross account at Bank Audi – Bab Idriss – 841500 - Swift Code: AUDBLBBX or in person at the Spears Red Cross center. For more information, call 01-372802-3-4-5. It also needs wheelchairs, unopened medicines, milk for infants, and diapers for infants and the elderly. Bring to any Red Cross Center, preferably to the main center at Spears.  

NATIONAL RELIEF CENTER (SAMIDOUN)
One group, the Spears Relief Center, with headquarters at the Yamout Bldg (Zico House) in Spears is taking care of 33 schools in Beirut for about 15,000 displaced (as of Thursday July 20, with the number rising constantly). As with most centers for the displace, they need volunteers as well as mattresses, canned food, baby milk, diapers, toilet paper, detergent soap, clothes, and books and toys for children. Go in person or call 01-745092.

OFFRE JOIE / FARAH EL ATAA
Offre Joie volunteers are in the field. You can help. We need volunteers. Join us.
Contact:
For all regions

Najat :03853409
         04920252

         04411270
For Metn
Elio: 03468897
For Beirut:
Mohamad:03512144
For the South:
Fadlallah:03776597 / 07730583
For the North:
Maghna: 06720052
And more if you want:
03 719579
 

MOWATINUN (“Citizens”)
Mowatinun (which hit the number of 60 volunteers) is helping, as of the 12th day of the Israeli aggression, some 2500 persons in need. They provide them with basic supplies and utilities, three meals a day, hygiene and medical care.
 To volunteer or drop off supplies from the list above, visit their main office facing the southern entrance of the Sanayeh Garden, or contact them by phone or email. For more information: http://mowatinun.blogspot.com or Email mowatinun@gmail.com


MINISTRY OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Coordinators of the Regional Offices:

Shiah Fatima Zabib                03-054358
Tarik al-Jadideh Sana’Kardy     03-254929
Burj Hammoud    Siham Abu Jaoude  01-262687
Aley  Mona Abd al-Samad  03-703845
Bhamdoun    Abir Qasis                    03-716344
Ghazir  Nidal Sadik 03-683519
'Aanout  Rabiha Yassine   03-129441

 
GIVE BLOOD DONATIONS
At various times, blood banks from the Red Cross and different hospitals appeal to people to donate blood. There are specific requirements of age, weight, health, family medical history, and past travel for being a blood donor so that it is best to make sure you qualify before going to a blood center, if possible.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
People in relatively safe areas of the country, like most in the north, can help without going to less safe areas:
1) You can identify the centers for the displaced in your area and help them. Contact the Qa’immaqam in your area to know what schools are being used for the displaced.
2) You can collect money for the Red Cross and other relief organizations that you trust and have the money transferred through your local bank.
3) You can collect and donate light foam mattresses, diapers for infants and elderly, canned foods and dry grains, children’s books, games, balls and other recreational items, soap, and detergent.
4) Children and adults can make hygiene kits (soap, detergent, combs, toothbrushes, etc.), recreation/sports kits (crayons or colored pencils, coloring books, games, balls, etc); or education kits (story books for small children, educational games, paper, pencils, etc.). If possible, put your kit in a nice cloth bag or box, and include a positive, encouraging personal note that shows the recipients that you care. It can be signed or unsigned.
**For both 3) and 4), if you don’t know what local center to give them to, contact the National Relief Hotline (01-985880) or have someone going to Beirut drop them off at the Yamout Bldg, Spears.

 

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