Solidarity in Action

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After the Beirut Port explosion on August 4, 2020, Adyan Foundation focused all its energy to stand with people of Beirut who were affected by the blast. To this end, the We Stand With Beirut project was launched and dedicated to support people through the 7 priority areas.

One year after the blast, We Stand With Beirut has come to an end, but it is the start of a new Adyan’s journey in human solidarity. Adyan’s humanitarian work will continue though the Solidarity in Action project, which will cover all Lebanese areas where people are suffering from economic, financial and social problems.

Attached below is the final report covering all the work that has been done from August 2020 till June 2021.

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Mariam Kitchen: Feeding Souls Discreetly

We Stand With Beirut | Stories of Impact | May 2021

  “The blast is unforgettable, and the pain on people’s faces was inexpressible,” said Father Hany Tawk when asked about the Beirut blast of August 4.

Father Tawk is founder and head chef of Mariam Kitchen, a personal initiative that fed thousands of people after the blast. 

“During the first week, my family and I were still in shock. We didn’t know what to do or where to start.”

Two weeks into the tragedy, Father Tawk started distributing home-cooked meals, first within his circle of connections, then to volunteers in the streets of Beirut. He then moved his kitchen to an empty building in Karantina, a severely affected Beiruti neighborhood.

“This place was a mess. There was rubble everywhere.”

Father Tawk brought his pot of pre-cooked food to the building every day and then distributed the meals to volunteers and people in need. Slowly, more people started coming in every day. Offre Joie offered to build him a small kitchenette and a bathroom.

 9 monthsafter the explosion:

Father Tawk's pot grew to 6others, multiple equipment were donated, more than 700 plates were delivered daily to thousands of people across Beirut.

 When asked about continuity, Father Tawk responded without hesitation, “The kitchen is staying. Some people come every day. If we stop, they might not have anything to eat. Our main goal is that no one, in Greater Beirut at least, sleeps hungry. So far, donations have been coming in. God’s helping hand is helping us continue.”

The kitchen now has 60% of the equipment needed, and people know how to reach out. A future step could be finding a more sustainable location in Karantina.

“The kitchen is open to anyone from all cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, ages, and religions.”


Father Tawk also expressed that some people just come to vent.

“We’re here to listen too! My wife is a family therapist, and our volunteers include an ergo therapist as well as a psychotherapist.”

After passionately talking for more than an hour about this nine-month journey, we asked Father Tawk about his life before the Beirut blast.

The question made him a bit uncomfortable as he is known to keeping his personal achievements and contributions private.

Jad Moufarrej, one of his life-long students and active volunteers stepped in to say, “Father Tawk holds a Master’s degree in theology, one in philosophy, and another in political science. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in international arbitration. I have known him for 13 years. He is quite a role model.” Moufarrej added that Father Tawk had been discreetly helping hundreds of people throughout his life, and the blast only made his contributions more public. 


Father Tawk added, “My mother’s dream was to open something like this, and I feel truly grateful that we’re actually doing this.” He wrapped up with a genuine smile and said:

“Everything you do with love is not considered a sacrifice because it is more emotionally rewarding that anyone can ever imagine.”



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We Stand With Beirut - Mental Health Support

Adyan collaborates with IDRAAC & Embrace 

Under our pledge of solidarity,
ADYAN was keen to stand with the people of Beirut in every possible way.
Mental health was an essential aspect to consider knowing the Lebanese economic, social and psychological situation, especially after the unprecedented Beirut blast on August 4.

To meet the urgent mental health needs of affected individuals,
ADYAN initiated a mental health support project, in collaboration with IDRAAC and Embrace; two main non-profit organizations that work to raise awareness around mental health in Lebanon.


Adyan signed a 6-month agreement with IDRAAC to support it in reaching out to the community and providing services which can improve mental well-being.
Starting from December 2020, a fund of $42,000 from ‘We Stand With Beirut’ contributes to providing first aid assessment and support for 200 individuals, in addition to psychiatric and psychological treatment and follow-up sessions - face to face support and evidence-based treatment - for 60 individuals.

IDRAAC Institute for Development, Research, Advocacy and Applied Care is the first nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health in Lebanon and the Arab World and is located in Beirut, Lebanon. Founded in 1997, IDRAAC delivers free community services, awareness programs and world class mental health research. It works on awareness, research and community services levels.

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Adyan is also still partnering with Embrace to support its “Mental Health & Trauma Response to Beirut Explosion” project.
Adyan’s support contributed to increasing the hotline’s operating hours and funding patient’s psychological consultations, psychiatric treatment and medications. 

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Founded in 2013, Embrace is a Lebanese NGO that works to raise awareness about mental health and suicide across Lebanon through yearly national campaigns and direct outreach and awareness efforts in all areas of the country.
It runs the Embrace LifeLine, the first national emotional support and suicide prevention helpline in Lebanon.

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Re: Our previous newsletter topic; Fr Hani Tawk form Mariam Kitchen would like to acknowledge the contributions of Oeuvre D'Orient, Savespaces, Offre Joie, Solidarité Liban Suisse, Arcenciel and all other international & Lebanese supporters


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