American University of Beirut

Fundraising and Community Service

Beirut Blast Emergency Donation Drive
In the wake of the August 4th Beirut Port Blast and the ensuing catastrophe that struck Lebanon, SHBPP initiated an emergency donation drive in collaboration with the Hoss Foundation for Humanism. The donations were allocated to the distribution of food, to partially subsidize hospital bills of victims, and to cover basic reconstruction bills.​


​“She - هي “art exhibition (April 4, 2018) 
The Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program held its first art exhibition “She - هي “commemorating International Women’s Day in collaboration with the artist Mr. Fadi Alouwayed in the presence of his Excellency the Lebanese Minister of State for Women’s Affairs Mr. Jean Oguasabian, Ms. Lina Daghlawi Moukarzel, president of the Council of Arab Women, and the press. Proceeds from the paintings went to support the SHBPP.​


​SHBPP’s 1st Ca​lligraphy workshop 
In an effort to endorse and support initiatives that embrace unique regional heritage for a worthy cause , the SHBPP held its first fundraising calligraphy workshop from May 2 – 14, 2018, in collaboration with the artist Fadi Alouwayed receiving amazing feedback from the participants. The proceeds of the workshop went to support the SHBPP.


Community Service and Learning to Care: SHBPP and SANAD join forces!
Students at AUB FM learn the importance of becoming healers as opposed to healthcare practitioners and skilled technicians. To that effect, The SHBPP has introduced the Physicians, Patients and Society courses which aim at helping students appreciate medicine as an art and not only a science; they learn that humanism and empathy are part and parcel of being a doctor. To bridge the gap between theory and practice even further, the SHBPP and The Home Hospice Organization of Lebanon (SANAD) have collaborated on a pilot project to provide an opportunity for second year Medical Students at the AUB FM to volunteer with SANAD in meeting the social, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs of individuals and families living with a life-threatening illness through working with terminally ill patients and their families at their homes, under the full supervision of SANAD’s medical team. Medical students were offered an opportunity to appreciate and see first-hand the psycho-social dimension of illness. In addition, this experience allowed medical students to gain hands-on experience in volunteerism. It sensitized and equipped them with the skills needed when working with patients and their families.

Patients suffer, but so do their families: a perspective often ignored in medical schools, but now appreciated by Med I, Med II, and Med III volunteers. Reflecting on what was felt as a ‘unique experience” a Med I student noted the important message learnt from this encounter, “Life is not a matter of quantity but quality.” Med II student Sarah Chamseddine remarked on how the experience gave her added insight on the perceived value of healers in the community, stating, “It is astonishing how little our society includes the caregiver in the treatment of the disease. Sometimes all it takes is acknowledging their selfless work.” Another student Rozana El Eid, described a touching and eye-opening moment she experienced at the end of her encounter, “When I was leaving the patient’s house after our visit, her daughter pulled my hand gently and asked if I could come again soon. In her eyes, I could see the impact that a caring interaction could make.” SANAD’s President, Mrs. Lubna Izziddin, thanked SHBPP “for initiating this important volunteer program”. According to her, “It was inspiring to witness the students’ interest in palliative and hospice care and their drive to offer support to patients and their families in the most difficult times of their lives.” Working with the students were a team of nurses and a Palliative Care specialist, Dr. Salam Jalloul. Dr. Jalloul remarked, “For the new generation of medical students, it is very important to be acquainted with the holistic approach to patient care emphasizing on the humane aspect of the relationship with both patients and their families. Volunteers learn that it is not just about curing patients, but it is also equally important to preserve the patients’ dignity and enhance the quality of end of life care. As future doctors, medical students were able to learn, through this experience that palliative and hospice care is also provided to family members and caregivers giving them a chance to play an active role in caring for and supporting their loved ones in the comfort of their own home.”​

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