Hello! My name is Samah and I'm a filmmaker in Los Angeles.
Last year myself and a colleague were on assignment for the United Nations and we documented an amazing social enterprise called FabricAID based in Beirut, Lebanon. Because I saw first hand the amazing work of this company and it's founder, Omar Itani, I've organized this fundraiser to help the FabricAID team assist in relief and rebuilding efforts in Beirut.
Once we've hit the goal, the plan is to send 100% of the funds to the FabricAID team leader Omar Itani to use and disperse appropriately.
These funds will be used by the FabricAID team to support the efforts of an array of humanitarian organizations, institutions, and social enterprises. In his words, FabricAID "will support the efforts of dedicated volunteers, and professionals in construction and renovation to do this in the best way possible. We are going to help locals we know very well to be unable to renovate their own shops and houses, restore the damage that has happened to their facilities."
There are many fundraising efforts underway, but here is one that will directly empower locals especially effected and will be directed by an experienced team, who for years have demonstrated their support to the people of Beirut (including both Lebanese and refugees).
If you learn more about Omar Itani and his FabricAID team you'll understand why their efforts to help rebuild Beirut are so worthy of your support...
Omar was designated as a 2019 Young Champion of the Earth by the UN because of his work as founder of FabricAID. FabricAID is a socially responsible company that works to reduce fabric waste by allowing people with excess clothing to donate their clothes.
The donated clothes are then brought to sorting centers, staffed by individuals primarily drawn from refugee populations.
Using the innovative systems the FabricAID warehouse teams themselves came up with, the clothes are then sorted and distributed to a network of FabricAID thrift stores.
And in doing so, the FabricAID team provides radically inexpensive clothing to the poor.
As we documented the FabricAID team, we met with team members across the executive levels, in the stores, and in their sorting centers. All of them are amazing openhearted people just like Omar.
And now... we have all seen the devastation...
Here's Omar's description of his harrowing experience:
"Yesterday I lost a lot, my car, my house, my phone, one of our shops. The shop was inaugurated less than three months ago. We have poured hundreds of hours of work into the shop and invested thousands and thousands of dollars. Since its opening, the shop has been doing tremendously well and became one of the city's fashion landmarks. Today the shop is only a memory. Nothing remains, all vanished in a second.
Most importantly, yesterday I lost my city, we lost the Beirut we know. Hundreds of my Neighbors in Armenia street were slaughtered. The street is one kilometer away from the explosion site. Apocalyptic scenes. Don't believe what they say, hundreds have been lost.
There is so much love, kindness, and compassion in this city - There is so much to fight for. Today for me is a normal working day, there is too much to be done. Looking forward to rebuilding, progressing, and moving forward.
Now we are raising a fund alongside other supportive institutions, dedicated volunteers, and professionals in construction and renovation to do this in the best way possible. We are going to help locals we know very well to be unable to renovate their own shops and houses, restore the damage that has happened to their facilities. We will be focusing on supporting our neighbors in the Mar Mikhael and Gemeyze area, which, unlike FabricAID, are not capable of renovating their stores."
So please, help support these efforts! The FabricAID team is full of amazing humans - trustworthy and deeply connected with all strata of Beirut society. They have the know-how and dynamism to get things done in a way big non-profits and outside organizations simply do not.
Help us rebuild Beirut, especially among the most vulnerable populations...
Now is your chance to be a hero, just like Omar!
Please contribute today...
And to learn more about FabricAID, visit fabricaid.me or find FabricAID on Instagram and Facebook: @fabricaid.me
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