Appeal from American University in Beirut

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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 jeffrey@aub.edu. 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

phone: 140

account holder: LEBANESE RED CROSS

bank: AUDI BANK

branch: BAB IDRISS

Account number: 841500

SWIFT: AUDBLBBX

or http://www.cicr.org/donation


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

SWIFT: AUDBLBBX


3) SOCIETE SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL

Contacts: jad.bitar@hec.ca or joanne@karkour.com

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

E-Mail: executive@caritas.org.lb

Website: www.caritas.org.lb


To donate:

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

Fransabank

Compte en $ : 327924,85

Compte en L.L.: 327924,85


=== Needed supplies ====================== 1) FOOD (Priority)

Pasta (Spaghetti)

Flour

Bread

Rice

Sugar

Oil

Canned Food

Powder Milk

Cereals (lentils, beans, peas, …)

Pasteurized cheese (picon, smeds….)

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
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Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.