“By listening. Not acting, not running around, not by organising anything and not even by providing treatment. Listen first. Look into the eyes, understand.” This is how Dr Elias answers the question of where to start helping.
We visit the Lebanese people with Dr Elias Harouny, for whom illness and the escalating economic crisis in Lebanon have placed them in a death trap. Without the help of Adventure of Charity, which he founded, they would have no chance of continuing their medical treatment.
“The prices of medicines have increased 10 fold in the last month! And that is not the end of it. Every Monday the official price list is updated and each time it gets worse. 74 000 Lebanese pounds – that is the price of a packet of paracetamol today. That is three dollars. Not much if you earn in dollars, but for those earning in pounds it is more than a tenth of their monthly salary,” explains Dr Elias.
Not being able to continue with their treatment is not the only worry for more than 260 patients in Dr Harouna’s care. Through massive inflation, the middle class has fallen into deep poverty, which means that buying basic food and hygiene products is becoming an unrealistic dream.
Today and tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, we will visit 180 families with Dr Elias, handing out not only a supply of essential medicines, but Christmas parcels with a supply of food, basic toiletries and cleaning products. They include hummus, beans, milk, cheese, cold meat, jam, toothpaste, laundry detergent and much more. Every family will receive a huge cardboard box for Christmas. We would like to thank you that we can be here and that you are reaching out to the most needy people affected by the crisis in Lebanon. Dr Elias also wants to thank you today:
“To be willing to help someone you do not know, in a country you do not know, requires an exceptionally sensitive and open heart, and is for me a measure of the highest nobility. That is why the help that comes to us from the Good Factory is so extraordinary for us. You give us hope that we will overcome this critical moment in our country’s history. Thank you!” says Dr Elias.
It’s not too late to join us and, in this time before Christmas, reach out with a helping hand to someone you don’t know, who is far away, but who needs salvation from abandonment all the more. Join us and fund basic medicines for those affected by the crisis in Lebanon!