As I was walking a stroll in Beirut, I was taken aback by the sight of homeless children wandering the streets. All I could think of was, “How will these kids get through the winter?”
Being the Program Manager of People4Children, a student-led initiative established by the College of Public Health and under the supervision of the Dean, I knew we had to take action before the weather gets really cold. We tried to act fast and organized a clothes donation in order to help as many underprivileged children as possible. We spread the word in the university and through social media encouraging everyone to take part in this endeavor.
PU students and staff donated winter clothes, from shirts, pants, and jackets to scarves, hats, and other items. Boys and girls of ages ranging from infancy to the age of 18 would be able to wear these items and protect themselves from the cold.
It was heartwarming to see students of different majors and different clubs help in packaging the clothes and making sure that all they were all in good condition. Ms. Sahar Issa, the Academic Assistant of the College of Public Health, supervised the whole process and ensured that the packaging was categorized appropriately.
We ended up with tens of big boxes filled with clothes that were later donated to the Orphan Welfare Society in Saida.
I cannot express my gratitude to each and every one who employed their privilege to help those in need.
- Noha Bakri
Public Health Student