With the contribution of individuals at home and abroad… How do individual initiatives in Lebanon alleviate the suffering of its people?

Beirut- Individual initiatives began to spread in Lebanon, where people support each other after their governments, leaders, banks and pharmacies failed them. The Lebanese citizen is left with only his Lebanese citizen who is not judged and held accountable based on his religion and affiliation, and in the following we shed light on various individual initiatives whose owners spoke to Al Jazeera Net.

“Are you short of medicine?”

Josette Jaber told Al-Jazeera Net that she needed 30 (diluted) injections of blood, so she called pharmacies all over Lebanon, and contacted her acquaintances in Syria, and she only got 4 injections, but she soon placed an advertisement on one of the pages and then “did not My phone calms down, many people I don’t know called me, I cried from the intensity of emotion, and within less than an hour the quantity was secured, and the majority refused to pay the price.”

She adds that she had lost hope in the country, but what happened made her feel warm and safe.

One of the accounts on the social networking sites entitled “What do you lack in medicine?” It was started by Muhammad Shukair last July, and the page – as he tells Al Jazeera Net – “is about people serving people, whoever needs medicine offers his request, and whoever has it offers it either at its price or for free, and the majority give it for free, and some have medicines that they do not need and offer them as well.”

All that the Lebanese expatriate wants to bring is medicine for the needy (Pixabi)


Regarding the difficulties they face, Shukair mentions that some people enter the group to hunt for those in need, and offer them medicine on the black market at fantastic prices.

The second difficulty is that Facebook closes most drug groups and pages as they are considered exclusive and cannot be sold, so the image is tracked and the page is closed, and what makes its page valid is “the scribble or camouflage that I request on the drug so that it is not captured by the Facebook robot, the administration, or the exclusive agent of the drug.”

He points out that some have stopped offering the drug, but in his opinion, this matter revealed who really needs the drug, because he will do anything to get it.

Contribute stationery

Before the crisis, Souad Gharios started an individual initiative in her children’s school when they were young to make the Student Parents Committee take care of students who need books, school uniforms or stationery, and worked to make it an annual habit.

Despite her children’s graduation, she still worries about students getting what they need from books and stationery, and the matter has intensified as the crisis intensifies.

Souad visits public and private schools to find out the needs of each class of books, stationery and other things. Then, she begins to collect lists of the names of needy students and determines priority, and indicates that she collects donations, and merchants and bookstores negotiate prices to obtain the largest possible amount of students’ needs.

It also helps students obtain their books and school fees, and this is part of many initiatives it is undertaking, whether in terms of providing medicines or food rations, and other things in its “We Are One” initiative.

This year, it launched the “Contribute with Stationery” campaign, through which it secured installments, books, notebooks, pens, rulers, erasers, calculators, and other stationery, and remember that prices have become burdensome for parents with the high dollar, as the price of books has become multiplied by at least 10.

Souad, with a small team that helps her in some areas, secures educational requirements for the largest possible number of students, and this year their number reached more than 400 students between schools, universities and students with special needs.

Stationery is one of the initiatives to reduce the burden on parents - PixabiStationery is one of the initiatives to reduce the burden on parents (Pixabe)

Sanitary napkins

With the lifting of the subsidy that accompanied the merchandise, the subsidy for women’s sanitary pads was lifted, and the issue was a matter of scarcity and controversy, as some considered it a ridiculous thing to stop at, so Nahla Salama launched an initiative to support sanitary pads starting last June, and was met by a mockery campaign on the media advising women to use Fabrics, and other words in which there is an inappropriate attack on the grounds that “the time is not appropriate and the country is in crisis, ignoring the importance of this issue in the lives of women, and the lack of awareness has contributed to the perpetuation of the ridicule.”

Nahla started with a small group collecting information and donations, and she had more than 1,500 requests that could not be fully covered without sufficient and ongoing donations.

Towels were distributed to more than 300 boys in Beirut, Dahieh, Bourj Hammoud, Tripoli, Akkar and the South.

Nahla considers that it is important to understand that it is a necessary condition for women and is not a luxury or a luxury, and that it is a hormonal change in a woman’s body that is not neglected and it is not permissible to deal with it carelessly and to use any unhealthy product that may cause infections and affect her health.

glass bank

In turn, Henry Eid says that on the basis of the Lebanese proverb that “a piece supports a jar” (a small stone supports a large jar), he collected the work of housewives and called it “small producers” because these women cannot open factories, but they are capable of subsistence today. “So whoever has a factory or a company Or a store that does not need me, but rather those who have few products can benefit from selling them.”

And he gives, for example, that he sends someone who buys figs from a village, so people pick their crop and sell it at acceptable prices. Neither the distributor nor the owner of the livelihood loses, everyone benefits and benefits, albeit in small quantities and a small profit margin. He also worked to create an opportunity to exchange mortar through his page and spread it on other pages to circulate Benefit.

Henry shows to Al Jazeera Net that most of the women who market their Montana are over the age of 75 and have no breadwinner, and this has benefited many families who work in dice, thyme and olives.

As for the initiativeglass bankAfter noticing that the garbage is full of it – especially from the shops that throw it away – she works to collect glass containers and sell them at a very low price to the women who prepare the mortar to put it in it in an orderly manner.

9- Najla stores a large number of glass containers and uses them for different uses, and the kitchen is devoid of plastic utensils (Al-Jazeera Net)The “Glass Bank” initiative collects glass containers and sells them at a very low price for the women who prepare the mortar (Al-Jazeera)

Expatriates and bags of medicine and milk

For their part, expatriates and travelers call wherever they are to ask the “detainees in the homeland,” as Ahmed Qabalan says: What do they lack in priorities? He points out that on a business trip to Turkey, he stayed an extra day and bought a travel bag that he filled with essential medicines (for pressure, sugar, heart, painkillers and vitamins), in addition to medicines requested by his friends and neighbors, and baby formula.

“We used to bring gifts and exotic sweets. Our only concern became securing the least basic means of living and health,” he said, adding, “Had it not been for the individual initiatives undertaken by individuals at home and abroad, the suffering would have been much greater.”

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