The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Emirati-Lebanese Friendship Association Leads Charity Drive for Lebanon

posted on 12/08/2006: 856 views

Launching an aggressive charity drive from the initial days of the recent war on Lebanon, the Emirati Lebanese Friendship Association (ELFA) has raised substantial aid in cash and kind for those affected by the hostilities.

Launched under the special directives of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ELFA has so far distributed nearly 300 tonnes of relief material in Beirut, with a further 200 tonnes awaiting shipment.

Commenting on the response to the ELFA initiative, Mohammed Al Gergawi, CEO, Dubai Holding said: "It is touching to see people of different nationalities come together so unanimously for a common cause. We would like to thank all those who contributed to ELFA's humanitarian call to help the severely affected lives of the Lebanon people." Al Gergawi added: "The crisis has not only devastated the lives of the Lebanon people, including innocent children, even the basic civic amenities are damaged and denied to them.

"Our efforts are ongoing, and we will spare no effort to ensure appropriate distribution of relief materials to the war torn casualties." Towards the charity drive, the Emirati Lebanese Friendship Association set up an operation centre at the American University Dubai.

Simultaneously, a distribution centre was established in Beirut to co-ordinate the effective delivery of relief materials among those deserving of urgent aid. "Responses to the relief campaign, which was conveyed to the public through the media in the UAE and by word of mouth, has been overwhelming.

"We are especially proud of the 50 American University of Dubai students who have volunteered to go to Lebanon to support ELFA's work in Beirut," said Joseph Ghassoub, CEO, The Holding Group.

Conducted over 20 days, the charity campaign saw the involvement of over 100 volunteers who diligently sorted, packed, labelled and loaded the material for shipment by air to Lebanon via the Damascus International Airport.

"From Damascus, the materials were carried by trucks to the Lebanese border to be unloaded again into smaller trucks for safety and security reasons," said Elias Bou Saab, ELFA Co-coordinator.

"The aid items were transported to the ELFA Centre in Beirut after a trip of over nine hours through mountainous roads." ELFA, whose relief efforts are ongoing, also participated in the live telethon 'Towards Healing Lebanon's Wounds' sponsored by the Arab Media Group (AMG). The live campaign initiated by Dubai Media Incorporated generated nearly AED 60 million towards the Lebanon Relief Fund.

ELFA's relief work is organized in association with the UAE Red Crescent Society, and Sheikh Mohammed in Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


29 June 2017 Six million beneficiaries from Zayed Giving medical caravans
29 June 2017 Emirates Red Crescent delivers relief aid to underprivileged families in Hadramaut Valley
28 June 2017 UAE youth record 5,000 hours of volunteering during Ramadan
28 June 2017 Over 34,000 children benefit from ERC Eid clothes project
22 June 2017 UAE offers ten ambulances to WHO Country Office in Yemen

Most Read