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Help Zee Get to NYC

It’s such a pleasure to watch Lebanese students pursue their dreams!  Meet Zeina, an AUB graduate and fellow blogger who has found her passion in creative writing.  She took a shot to apply to her favored program in New York. 

The good news is SHE GOT ACCEPTED!

The bad news is PROBABLY THE ONLY THING SHE CAN COVER IS THE PLANE TICKET!

The best news is SHE’S GOT THE WILL TO USE ALL HER MEANS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL!

That’s definitly news worth supporting.  For any of you interested in learning more about Zeina and her dream and helping her by supporting with whatever you can, even if its just $5, every additional push gets her a step closer.

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BEST OF LUCK ZEINA!!!

FISTA – School for People with Special Needs

 

Today I want to introduce F.I.S.T.A, a school for people with special needs (adults & children with diverse disabilities).  FISTA schools provide accomodation and schooling for special needs youth throughout Lebanon.  They are located in Daishouniyeh, Mansourieh in a breathtaking location surrounded by trees and hills where students take part in workshops to teach them academic, artistic and social skills.

FISTA has just informed me of two upcoming events to help them raise money towards their cause and would highly appreciate our support.

1.   A fundraising Kermes on Friday May 15th for the schools and an open day for the pubic to come and join them for outdoor activities for the whole family.  See brochure above for more details.

2.  An Annual Fundraising Gala dinner on June 3rd at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut.  Tickets cost $100 and are open to the public.  Booking in advance is advised.

Contribution towards the support of FISTA’s students with special needs can also be made by:

  • Sponsoring a scholarship of one student for one year for the amount of $3000
  • Placing an advertisement in the yearly Booklet for between $1000 to $3000
  • Donating gifts for the tombola 

For more information about the upcoming events or how you can help FISTA, please feel free to contact them on 04-401255 or 04-401237 or visit them on their websitewww.fista.org.

Future events and activities for FISTA will be posted as an update to this post.

Idol Gives Back and So Should We

I watched the two hour “American Idol Gives Back” special and was amazed at the nationwide effort put towards helping children in America and throughout the world.  What touched me were the testimonials played throughout the episode of so many children in need around the world. So many children with different colors, sizes and stories with one consistent factor – a beautiful smile that surpasses any boundary of denomination or nationality.  According to Unicef, over 9 million children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes.  The point that stuck with me after the show until today was that as little as $10 can make a difference for the wellbeing of a child. 

Lebanon also has a large share of children who need our help.  Some are without parents, some are sick and some are handicapped.  There are so many non profit organizations who continously reach out for help to support children in need in Lebanon.  Some of these include:

Shop Talk Beirut welcomes charity organizations to talk about their causes on our site to let our readers know about how they can volunteer.  Contact us on shoptalkbeirut@gmail.com and tell us how we can help you.

Childen’s Cancer Center of Lebanon

I received this email the other day from the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL) asking for donations.  For any of you who are looking to make a difference in a child’s life, assisting the CCCL can actually help save children’s lives rather than just making a difference.  The Cancer Center is a non-profit organization that treats children cancer patients free of charge.  With St. Judes Research Hospital in America, founded by Lebanese Danny Thomas, backing treatments and techniques; these children have a survival rate of 80%.  Each patient costs $30,000 a year to treat with the average treatment lasting 3 to 5 years. 

As an ending note, my brother was saved by St. Judes Hospital in the States over 20 years ago.  He was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was three.  St. Judes Hospital treated my brother free of charge for 4 years until he was completely cured.   

One Lebanese man created an organization that has saved the lives of so many beautiful children worldwide.  Now that’s something to be proud of.  If you would like to donate, please find all the information on the attached flyer or on their website.



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