Also take a look at this interview with John Waterbury, AUB's dean, who says “We may be looking at a situation where we have to write off the last eight or nine years.”
An appeal from the American University of Beirut to its alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students
July 23, 2006
Facing the Challenge The American University of Beirut is once again at the forefront of efforts to care for those who are suffering in Lebanon. Along with other NGOs, the men and women affiliated with AUB and its hospital are providing critical services to those in need. We will do everything we can to take care of those who need our help. We have done it before. Our commitment to do so is just as strong today.
We expect, however, that the demand for AUB's services will continue to grow as more and more families seek refuge in and around Beirut. Today, more than 500,000 men, women, and children have been displaced as a result of the conflict.
Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh, director of AUB's University Health Services, is currently leading a team of AUB faculty members, students and staff to secure supplies of medication and to organize volunteers. We are seeking your support for the following AUB Medical Emergency Fund so that we can continue - and expand - relief efforts in the following two areas.
1- Medical Supplies We are hopeful that a humanitarian passageway for much needed supplies will open soon. We are developing a list of the supplies that we will need. We expect that these will fall into the following categories: medical narcotics, antibiotics, chemotherapeutics, anesthesia agents and filters for machines. We know that some of you have connections with drug companies and other medical suppliers. We are investigating ways in which AUB might be able to act as a centralized clearinghouse to facilitate the transport of medications and medical supplies to Lebanon. If you are able to help with these efforts, please contact AUB's New York Office.
2-Volunteer Relief Donations to this fund will enable volunteers (residents and faculty) to work with other NGOs to provide onsite healthcare at refugee centers. Volunteers will also prepare packages of medications or relief material for our mobile clinics to deliver to refugees; participate in free evening clinics that supply medications and outpatient care; and participate in health education campaigns.
If you would like to contribute to the AUB Medical Emergency Fund, you can make a secure on-line gift at www.aub.edu.lb/challenge/help.html or mail your check to our New York Office, at the address below, payable to: American University of Beirut / Medical Emergency Fund. If you would like information on making a wire transfer, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also help by forwarding this message to others who might be interested in contributing to relief efforts.
The University is reassessing its needs on a daily basis. Updates are on the AUB website. Please help us help Lebanon. Thank you.
W. Stephen Jeffrey Vice President for Development and External Relations
American University of Beirut - 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor - New York, NY 10017 – U.S.A. Tel: 212- 583-7600 - Fax: 212-583- 7650
CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED FOR RELIEF EFFORTS:
=== NGOs needing help ===========================
1) LEBANESE RED CROSS
account holder: LEBANESE RED CROSS
bank: AUDI BANK
branch: BAB IDRISS
Account number: 841500
2) FARAH EL AATA (Joy of giving)
mobile: (+961) 3 719 579
address: Nazareth school and sagesse school
clemenceau street , Beirut
account holder: FARAH EL AATA (OFFRE JOIE)
account number: 586 816
bank: AUDI BANK
3) SOCIETE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
Contacts: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Account holder : Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul
Bank: Banque Audi
Account number: US$: 088587/461/002/009/39
SWIFT : AUDBLBBX
4) Caritas Liban
Tel: 01/499767- 01/483305
Banque Nationale de Paris Intercontinentale(BNPI)
Compte en $ ou L.L : 136,932,001,24
Société Générale de Banque au Liban (SGBL)
Compte en $: 001,004,360,208002,01,1
Compte en L.L.: 001,001,360,208002,01,6
Banque Libano Française (BLF)
Compte en $: 215974,70
Compte en L.L.: 215974,70
Compte en $ : 327924,85
Compte en L.L.: 327924,85
=== Needed supplies ====================== 1) FOOD (Priority)
Cereals (lentils, beans, peas, …)
Pasteurized cheese (picon, smeds….)
Sleeping Mats (PRIORITY)
Sanitary towels for women
Diapers for children from 0-2 years old
Multi-purpose analgesic (Panadol, Tylenol)