Baby Formula for Lebanon – Canada Reacts
It all started with a mother screaming: “I can’t find infant milk to feed my child”; then price subsidy on infant milk was lifted and the tin price became almost 35% of a man’s salary, with insufficient stock in the country.
In August 2021, our Rotary Club Beirut Cedars launched a wide appeal to its friends in the world to support us with infant and baby milk.
We thank all those who answered and supported us, we thank Rotarian Wassim Jarrah from Rotary Club Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (District 7070) who in collaboration with Lebanon Strong – Canada launched a GoFundMe campaign.
Funds raised allowed the purchase and shipping of a 20 feet container of infant milk to Lebanon. 17,284 tins of Honilac Standard and Gold, stages 1, 2 and 3 from DANA EUROPE Oü with a value of $136,850 reached Lebanon on 28 October 2021, cleared with the help of ELC Transport, Mr. Elie Kachouh and Mr. Jalal Obeid and the Lebanese Army Forces.
The milk was distributed between AMEL Association, Libaldati, the Lebanese army and 27 Rotary Clubs who ensured the milk will reach all the Lebanese territory and will be delivered to needy families via reputable NGOs.
The delivery was done on Friday 5 November 2021, under the patronage of Rotary Club Beirut Cedars, represented by its president Ronald Farra and a number of club members, and the Association of Lebanese Rotary Clubs represented by it president Joe Kanaan and a number of the association members too at Farra Design Center, and in the presence of the Canadian ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mrs. Chantal Chastenay and representatives of the Canadian donors Mrs. Imane Traboulsi, president of MIDAL and representing Lebanon Strong, Canada; Mr. Ibrahim Jarrah president of Li-Baldati and representing Canadian Rotarian Wassim Jarrah; AMEL Association represented by its director Dr. Zeina Mehanna.
Speeches were delivered by each focusing on the importance of humanitarian support between communities and states.
We thank each and every person who donated to this project, all our friends around the world working on supporting this cause and answering our call.