MEDRAR focuses on the two sectors namely, Relief and Recovery, that represent its conceptual approach and operational framework:
Under the Relief program, we focus on the following services:
Distribution of Food and non food items.
Under the Recovery Program, we focus on establishing community-based institutions, namely :
Liberation Academy (Moujama Al Tahreer in Sultaneye-Lebanon)
University of Sour – Lebanon
Oasis School in Ethiopia And Medrar Medical Center in Choukine.
Medrar has built over 65 water boreholes in more than 5 African countries, ensuring access to clean water to over 150,000 people.
In Lebanon, Medrar has worked in Ain Al Helwe constructing a water grid supplying the demand for around 1500 Palestinian refugees. Medrar has rehabilitated 21 housing units in Al Foani Street neighborhood of Ain Al Helwe camp.
As for the latest crisis of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Medrar has constructed and developed the sewage and drainage network within the collective shelter in Akbeye Center, which hosts more than 1200 Syrian refugees. Regarding the Syrian refugee crisis, Medrar has been coordinating with the central and local government, the UNHCR, international and local NGOs and with the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service at the American University of Beirut. We a have worked on the rehabilitation of 67 shelter units for the Syrian Refugees at the Akbeye center in South Lebanon. The units were equipped with kitchens and bath tubs, installing drain pipes to septic tanks and casting concrete. We have also supplied and installed electric tubes and circuits for the shelter units.
Medical Health: Medrar has been assisting in providing basic medical equipment such as dialysis equipments for kidney treatments in Palestine and Lebanon and ophthalmic operating microscopes used for inhabitants that have been suffering from blindness due to the lack of clean water sanitation in Mali and Niger.
Distribution of Food and Non-Food Items: We have supplied over 5,000 packages of basic food rations and medicine to Somalia during the drought period in 2011. We have also provided more than 2000 packages of food and clothes to the Syrian refugees residing in South Lebanon in the year 2013.
Projects that fall under the recovery component begin with the Liberation Academy which consists of a vocational school and a private school with a capacity of over 1200 students in addition to two orphanages that embrace over 400 orphans and children that live in extreme poverty. This project has been launched since 2001.
The University of Sour: A higher educational institution built in 2007 that caters for more than 650 students in the departments of Business, Art, Literature and Hotel Management.
The Oasis School in Ethiopia: consists of an Elementary, Middle and High school with a capacity of over 1000 students in a highly underprivileged and remote area at the borders of Ethiopia and Somalia.
The Medrar Medical Center in Choukine: consists of a hospital with 28 inpatient beds, a geriatric center with 118 beds and a drug rehab with 58 beds.
Funding: A wide range of donors and partners support the work of MEDRAR.
Medrar receives individual and corporate funding.
Medrar relies on private funding which represents a growing and important contribution to our work. Funding events include public campaigns, gala dinners and other sort of events within diverse communities in the United States of America and in Lebanon.
On a final note, and in agreement with the late Nelson Mandela, we believe that ‘overcoming poverty is NOT a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice’.