|Appeal for the Middle East Crisis|
|Wednesday, 26 July 2006 00:00|
After two weeks from the first bombings throughout all of Lebanon, the condition of the people is still worsening day by day: 100,000 people are left in the stricken areas, particularly in the south, Bekaa Valley, southern Beirut and the areas close to potential targets, (i.e., the power station of key infrastructure such as ports, bridges and highways). These people have found refuge in schools, churches, mosques, public libraries and other hosting centers. Having left home in a hurry, they need everything: clothes, food, medical assistance. For this reason, the Lebanese volunteer organizations are providing immediate assistance to the displaced and are asking for help to reach out to as many as possible. Even the situation in Northern Israel, Haifa and Nazareth, is deteriorating because of the persistent rockets launched by the Hezbollah guerilla which are interfering with the daily lives of inhabitants and particularly putting to risk the weakest people: the elderly and the children. In response to the appeal by the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, to work toward alleviating the suffering of people struck in both countries, AVSI has launched a request for assistance.
AVSI, in cooperation with Caritas Lebanon, plans to assist almost 60,000 displaced families in various regions, like:
AVSI and Caritas Lebanon aim to assist 90,000 people by first providing:
In the Nazareth area and in cooperation with Holy Land custody and other local organizations, AVSI will provide the basic essential items for the elderly and children.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through checks stating, “Middle East Appeal” and payable to:
420 Lexington Ave., Suite 2754-55
New York, NY 10170-0002
AVSI in Lebanon:
For more than a decade, AVSI has been working in Lebanon through the implementation of long-term development projects in the social, health care, educational, agricultural and economic development areas in cooperation with selected local partners, both governmental and non-governmental.
In 1996, AVSI opened a permanent office in Beirut and Jounieh- Ghadir, and ever since has had international staff at work in the projects on a permanent basis. In 2000, after the withdrawal of Israeli armed forces, AVSI carried out several humanitarian interventions in the southern, former occupied territories with private and international funds.