ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour is a film that follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s independent introspection into how Lebanon has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe, exposing the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

“We, the Lebanese diaspora, are being called on now, to rise for Lebanon in its darkest hour. Like this film by Lebanese Australian Daizy Gedeon shows, it is our time to step up and help our beloved Lebanon, and all our country’s men and women, who have carried the burden on our behalf for so long. I urge you to watch the full trailer of ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour and to share it with your community, friends, and family, because the time to rise is now, before it is too late. God bless America and God save Lebanon.” Thomas Abraham, Founder of the Beirut Foundation, and its initiative and Beirut relief effort Help Us Rise.


HUR: an initiative to aid Beirut in its healing process

Help Us Rise, an initiative to aid Beirut in its healing process, is calling out for all those who can make a difference, to join in supporting the people of Beirut.

Let us stand up and speak out for those who cannot.

To our friends and family around the world: Let us stand up for those who cannot, and speak out for those who cannot. Let us support all those who lost their homes and livelihoods in Beirut, by donating to local NGOs through the Help Us Rise initiative and Beirut relief effort.

Running for hope: The Beirut Marathon 2021

The annual Beirut Marathon is expected to attract over 36,000 runners of all ages and capabilities in Lebanon’s capital this November the 13th and 14th, in its attempt to initiate a national momentum for hope, and to restore unity, solidarity, and dignity, despite the hardships and obstacles, under the slogan “united we run for hope.”

In addition to being committed to growing and nurturing the running culture in Lebanon, the Beirut Marathon is considered a celebration of Lebanon and a platform for the Lebanese community and its causes, bringing together people from all walks of life. The first Beirut International Marathon took place in 2003 with 6,000 participants. It’s popularity has grown since then, and now it attracts over 30,000 applicants every year. 

This year, in solidarity with the NGOs who are trying to, makes ends meet during in the dire conditions Lebanon is facing, all proceeds from the race will be donated to organizations such as Beit El Baraka, Brave Heart, Children’s Cancer Center, Idraac, Live Love, Lebanese Autism Society, Teach a Child, and The Neonate Fund.

Participants can join the 2-day event in Beirut, and run for a cause on November the 13th, or race on the 14th. Runners can also participate in virtual races anywhere in the world, between the 12th & the 15th.

The Beirut Marathon Association, founded by May El Khalil, is one of the NGOs supported by The Beirut Foundation’s initiative “Help Us Rise.” Founder of the foundation, Thomas G. Abraham, is not only a member of the Beirut Marathon Association Board of Trustees, but also runs in the marathon.

The Help Us Rise initiative helps raise funds for local NGOs in Lebanon

On the 4th of August 2020, one of the biggest non-nuclear blasts in history hit Lebanon’s capital city Beirut, inflicting widespread devastation and causing immense suffering. Over 200 people were killed by the blast, more than 6500 were injured, and 3000 were left without shelter.

Miami based philanthropist and businessman of Lebanese origins, Thomas G. Abraham, reached out to friends and alliances around the world so that they join hands in offering aid and relief to the people of Lebanon through the Help Us Rise initiative.

“I’m here to ask you to help them rise, to embrace Beirut and its citizens, by helping them open the doors of opportunity, so they can get back to living their lives normally,” said Founder and Chairman of the initiative Thomas G. Abraham.

The initiative focused on supporting local and international NGOs in helping the people of Beirut recover and rebuild their homes, livelihoods, and lives.

Over $237,000 were raised for NGOs including the Rene Moawad Foundation, The Beirut Marathon Association, The Lebanese Red Cross, American Task Force for Lebanon, SEAL, Teach for Lebanon, Lebanese American University, AlYounbough, Peace for Lebanon, Al Fadi Center – Chabrouh, Roads for Life, Teach a Child, Orphanage of Saint Charbel, Creche St. Vincent, Societe St. Vincent de Paul – Conference St. Rock, Anta Akhi, Paradis d’Enfants, St. Aphrem Church, Missionary Sisters of the Very Holy Sacrament, Oum El Nour, Sesobel – Service Social pour le Bienetre de l’Enfant au Liban, Antonine Social Orientation School – Mroui, Lebanon, Irap the Institute for the Education of the Deaf, Cenacle de la Lumiere (“CDLL”), and Franciscian Sisters of the Holy Cross.

During its first year, the initiative was supported and managed by the Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, chaired by Thomas G. Abraham. A year after the blast, he founded The Beirut Foundation to respond to the increasing crises Lebanon is facing. Today, the Help Us Rise initiative is managed by The Beirut Foundation as one of its main projects.


For more information visit the Help Us Rise website. You can also follow the initiatives news on updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What is going on in Lebanon and why our help is needed

In the last couple of years, Lebanon endured multiple crises, including increasing political instability, an economic and currency collapse, the Covid-19 global pandemic, and a massive explosion in the capital’s port. These crises had a major and serious effect on the basic rights and needs of the country’s residents.

“Weekly grocery bills can equal months of a typical family’s income. Banks are refusing to let people withdraw money. Basic medicines are often unavailable, and gas-station lines can last hours. Every day, many homes lack electricity.” That is how the New York Times portrayed the humanitarian catastrophe Lebanon is enduring, due to the economic and financial meltdown that the World Bank described as possibly one of the top three most severe crises episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century.


How did this happen?

The Lebanese lira has lost more than 90% of its value since October 2019, when anti-government protests erupted. Inflation and prices of basic goods have skyrocketed in the country, which imports more than 80% of its basic goods. As the country’s economic and political crisis worsens with no apparent solutions in the near future, the currency continues to lose value. This devaluation of the Lebanese lira is disproportionately affecting the poor and middle class. 

According to the World Bank, the social impact, already dire, could become catastrophic; more than half the country’s population is likely below the poverty line. And like poverty, unemployment is on the rise.  Lebanon has witnessed a dramatic collapse in basic services, driven by depleting foreign exchange reserves and the high cost of the foreign exchange import subsidies on food, fuel, and medication. Acute shortages of fuel have led to severe electricity blackouts across the country. Further, medication is in severe shortage, while health services have suffered heavily.

In addition, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was especially severe on Lebanon’s already vulnerable economy, that relied heavily on tourism. And on top of all that, a massive explosion hit Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, in August 2020, killing over 200 people, injuring more than 6000, and leaving 300,000 people without shelter.


What now?

Residents of Lebanon, including the Lebanese population, in addition to approximately 1.5 million refugees from neighboring country Syria, are grappling with multiple challenges, caused by the economic and financial meltdown, the political deadlock, as well as the disastrous impacts of the August 2020 blast in Beirut, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing war in Syria.

These challenges spread across all sectors including education, health, shelter, food security and nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection, protection against gender-based violence, and unfortunately much more.

Therefore, it is crucial that Lebanon and its residents receive any form of support possible, so that they may pick up the pieces and restore the country’s former image as one of the Middle East’s cultural gems.

The Beirut Foundation calls upon individual and corporate donors, as well as international institutions, to stand with Lebanon in its darkest hour.this

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