UPF-Lebanon Continues Aid to Syrian Refugees

February 26, 2015

Beirut, Lebanon—Thanks to generous funding by its international partners, UPF-Lebanon once more was able to give much needed financial aid to 55 Syrian refugee families.

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Relief for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

December 26, 2014

Lebanon SyrianRefugee 2014 12 26Beirut, Lebanon - At least 50 families among the thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon have received aid from a special UPF program.

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L.S. Sfeir: The Spirit of 'Awneh'

February 10, 2014

This Lebanese practice of "joining hands" consists of leveraging skills and human resources for the purpose of development and peace. In Lebanon, where we have 18 extremely distinct religious communities, the spirit of Awneh has cemented them all together, whether Christians, Muslims or Jews.

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T. Schellen: An Assessment of the Implications of the Syrian Catastrophe

January 1, 2014

Suffering through a horrible time of internal and imported warfare, Syria was the world’s biggest problem in 2013. The awareness of the predicament came to a peak in the summer, when the global community was confronted with the country’s surging numbers of internal and external refugees.

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Reflections on World Summit 2013

February 24, 2013

Reflections by Lebanese Ambassadors for Peace who participated in UPF's World Summit in Seoul, Korea, February 2013. 

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In Memoriam: Fouad El-Turk

July 17, 2012

Lebanese Ambassador for Peace H.E. Fouad El-Turk died, at age 80, of a stroke in the early hours of July 17. Ambassador Turk was a pivotal figure in Lebanese diplomacy and an honest leader in advocating politics and policy making in the true interest of the nation. He was ambassador to the United Nations and countries in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

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In Memoriam: Sheikh Mohammed Kanaan

April 17, 2011

Beirut, Lebanon - Sheikh Mohammed Kanaan, a Lebanese Ambassador for Peace and faithful leader and partner in many UPF events for over ten years, passed into the next life on April 17.

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A. Kanaan: Address to the International Leadership Conference

February 9, 2011

in my opinion there is no divine law that does not call for us to value the good and reject the evil, that does not call us to cooperate, communicate, and harmonize and reject division, alienation, and strife. All faiths are founded on the virtues of human decency and the fight against vices. While respecting ethics cherished by different beliefs, we can shorten the distance and leave aside the causes of disagreement.

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Honoring a Legacy of Peace in Beirut

December 17, 2010

Beirut, Lebanon - A distinguished and attentive gathering honored Lebanon's legacy of peace on December 17. Honorees included notable patriots from several of Lebanon's communal groups whose lives were expressions of the search for national and regional peace.

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Day of Families Celebrated in Beirut

May 15, 2009

Beirut, Lebanon - UPF-Lebanon invited Ambassadors for Peace and friends for an event on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Families on May 15. Approximately 40 persons responded to the invitation and came to the Palm Beach Hotel in Beirut on a fine spring evening.

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Lebanese Youth Call for Peace and Reconciliation

March 23, 2009

Beirut, Lebanon - Lebanese Ambassadors for Peace organized a drawing competition for high school seniors with the theme, “My vision for the Lebanon I want my children to grow up in.” Winners were announced at the March 23 program in Beirut linked with the UN International Year of Reconciliation.

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S.H. Fahs: Let Peace Prevail

January 15, 2009

I am one of hundreds of millions of people, of all religions and colors, nations and genders, who ache a great deal whenever our convictions and unshakable faith in God compel us to call for peace, together with all who jubilantly champion peace.

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Beirut Hosts Middle East Leadership Conference

January 15, 2009

Beirut, Lebanon - Many people in the Middle East and in Lebanon are weary or tired of wars and conflict; that’s why any peacemaking efforts are appreciated in general in this part of the world. Because of the conflict in Gaza, a very strong determination was needed to put together a Peace Conference at that time.

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Student Groups Reach Out During Lebanon's Weekend of Service

November 17, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon - Students in Beirut organize seven projects building connections among people of Lebanon's diverse communal groups during a weekend of service Nov. 14-16, 2008.

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Clean-up Project at Nabatieh

November 16, 2008

Nabatieh, Lebanon - In the Lebanon Youth Service Weekend’s largest single project by number of participants, 130 scouts traveled from different parts of Beirut to the south Lebanon town of Nabatieh on November 16. There, they were welcomed by the Women’s Progress Association for Motherhood, Children and the Elderly.

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Planting Olive Trees at the Shatilla Cemetery

November 16, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon - This project was the brainchild of two Palestinians — a doctor and a student — in response to the call to participate in a Youth Service Weekend. They chose Shatilla cemetery, the site of a horrific massacre more than 25 years ago, and asked Palestinian children to plant olive trees there on November 16, as a gesture of looking forwards towards a better, more peaceful future. The response was very enthusiastic.

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Fun and Games with Homeless Children in Beirut

November 15, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon - During the Youth Service Weekend, a group of volunteers from the Jamhour School in Greater Beirut visited the Home of Hope, which is a place of residence for any and all homeless children on the streets of Lebanon.

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A Special Outing for Orphan Girls in South Lebanon

November 15, 2008

Sarafand, Lebanon - South Lebanon’s coastal plains are a vibrant and fruitful area but, due to their exposure to conflicts and economic restraints, a number of social issues require attention. Inspired by a call to service, 35 students and four or five teachers at the Sarafand High School decided that they would give 27 orphan girls a special outing.

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Students Record Stories for Blind Children in Beirut

November 14, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon - On Friday, November 14, the students of Grade 9 at the Beirut Evangelical School for Girls and Boys in Rabieh visited the Lebanese School for the Blind in Baabda in response to a call to participate in a Youth Service Weekend.

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Volunteers Sing and Play with Orphans in Beirut

November 14, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon - A group of volunteers partnered with the Hope Foundation, a Lebanese charity, to perform for a group of orphans on November 14, 2008, as part of Youth Service Weekend. When they arrived they found Mr. Ghosn, president of the Hope Foundation, busy giving a bunch of little kids pink and blue crowns/hats in dim light coming from barred windows.

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