Press Release – For Immediate Release
More than $250,000 is the amount that the benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need Canada (ACN) have been sending to disaster victims in Lebanon since mid-September. And now more than ever, we must continue!
Annie Desrosiers, Head of Philanthropy for ACN Canada, has been praising benefactors from coast to coast to coast. “I am moved by the generosity of each and every one of them and their support of the Lebanese people. In addition to initiatives such as that of “Mr. M.”, (an benefactor wishing to maintain his anonymity) who allowed us to raise $5555 thanks to his offer to double donations on Giving Tuesday (December 1st). We are clearly on the right track, but we must continue with our efforts! she adds.
Since the explosion in Beirut on August 4, ACN has been working tirelessly with its partners to rebuild the life of the country, which has been hit not only by the disaster, but also by an unprecedented economic and political crisis, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic.
As quickly as August, ACN International sent more than $350,000 in emergency aid at the request of our partners. Now we are in the process of reconstruction. “We are participating in the efforts made by all 23 of ACN’s national offices around the world with whom we have pledged a total of $7.25 million to rebuild, renovate and breathe new life into the city’s Christian community,” explains Marie-Claude Lalonde, ACN Canada’s National Director. “The Christian neighborhood is literally glued to the port. This is why so many convents and churches have been affected, including the Church of the Holy Saviour, dating back to 1889.
A Presence Serving Everyone
Among the religious communities that respond to the urgent needs of the population, the Sisters of the Holy Rosary are very well situated to alleviate suffering. “Their hospital is located less than two kilometres from the site of the explosion. The building suffered heavy losses, as did their convent on the ninth floor. ACN will take care of repairing the convent, so that the religious can find a resting place where they can regain their strength, for they have a heavy task these days,” explains Mrs. Lalonde. It is important to note that at the time of the civil war which ended in 1990, the Sisters not only served the Christians, but also the Muslims. Even today, they continue this policy of unconditional welcome, always faithful to the values of the Gospel.
“More than ever before, ACN wants to continue its efforts of support and reconstruction in Lebanon. More than ever, especially at this time of Advent, it is important to support the Lebanese people, unique in its diversity and its search for social harmony, lying right in the heart of the Middle East.
There are many ways for you to give:
- By phone: 1-800-585-6333
- Through our website :https://acn-canada.org/fr/urgence-liban/
- Mail, by check or money order: Aid to the Church in Need, Emergency Aid in Lebanon, P. O. Box 670, Station H, Montréal, QC H2G 3M6