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“Help Us Rise” Beirut Relief Effort
We help displaced owners of small businesses and the families who lost their homes in Beirut.
On the 4th of August, the world witnessed the massive destruction of one of the oldest cities in the world; Beirut. In the aftermath today, all sectors of society within and beyond the explosion’s 6-mile epicenter are confronted with lasting physical and psychological damage that requires immediate attention.
The Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, joined by friends, alliances and the world at large, is taking a proactive initiative to join the Lebanese people in their effort to rise from the ashes of this terrible tragedy.
Since 1976, Anthony R. Abraham and his late wife Genevieve devoted their lives to helping others. Their son Thomas currently serves as Chairman and his sister Norma Jean serves as Vice-Chair. Thomas has made numerous trips to Lebanon in support of the foundation’s work over the past twenty years. Initiatives for Lebanon include The Genevieve Abraham School of Nursing, The Lebanese Hospital-Geitawi, The School for the Blind and Deaf, The Spastic Center, Lebanese American University, Beirut Marathon, The Rene Moawad Foundation, Little Sisters of Nazareth, and others.
“To love, honor, respect and empower the lives of the suffering, hopeless and forgotten.” Thomas G Abraham.
The Anthony R. Abraham Foundation is committed to joining the global effort to secure the necessary funds and resources, through fundraising initiatives and community partnerships, and generate a much-needed, positive impact in the lives of the Lebanese people who have lost their loved ones, homes and their businesses, and who will rise again from the ashes of despair towards new horizons. As they say, we cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails; and adjust we will.
The guardians and champions of “Help Us Rise” What they do…
Raymond, repairs home appliances and televisions in his shop and has an employee who works with him. His shop was damaged during the explosion in Beirut. The glass facade was completely broken, and the goods in the shop were also damaged. Raymond has 3 children and he barely managed to secure their basic needs. He cannot afford to repair the damages in his shop, especially that his income was badly hit by the latest economic crisis in the country. He didn’t receive any help from anyone. With RMF support, he can ensure to generate income again.
Fares owns a small grocery and sandwish shop in Pasteur street, Gemmayzeh district in Beirut. He took over his father’s grocery shop- Khalil Zoueinto secure his livelihood and procure the necessary needs for his unemployed spouse and his ten years twin boys. During the massive explosion that rocked Beirut port in August 4, 2020, Fares was injured. His shop was damaged and all the existing equipment were broken.
Two months and half after the blast, Fares is trying to repair the damages to reopen his shop and generate income again. Fares and his brother fixed few broken equipment, painted the walls, replaced the main door and the interior damages. He is in desperate need for financial assistance to replace the broken equipment and buy the goods to start working and serving clients.
Joseph is a married man with two sons. His mother in law lives with them. He works as a coach in a sport club and his wife works in a company where she earns half salary after Beirut explosion. His house was damaged badly from the explosion, and the walls, doors and windows were totally shattered. They moved to live with their relatives in Beirut. They received little support from a local organization, but were not able to fix the rest. They are in dire need to continue the rehabilitation works to return to their house again.
Global Leaders In Support Of Helping The Lebanese People Rise From The Ashes Of Despair
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization that operates in local communities across North America and over 70 countries around the world. They operate with the concept of ‘partnership housing’ which involves those in need of an adequate shelter working side-by-side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses at no profit. Habitat means a solid foundation for thousands of families to access safe and decent homes, and lead better lives everywhere.
Rotary Club International
Rotary International is a service organization whose purpose is to bring together leaders who can provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace around the world. Rotary concentrates on seven areas: promoting peace, improving health through disease prevention and treatment, improving the health of mothers and children, water and sanitation, education, economic development, and supporting the environment.
Help us build homes and small businesses for those who have lost theirs.