Beirut and Beyond seeks to benefit Palestinian refugee communities by relief, reconciliation, and relationship. In the Middle East, we partner with national organizations already involved in humanitarian work in Palestinian refugee camps; we bring needed supplies, fund projects, and provide volunteers. In the US, we focus on education. We teach on the Palestinian refugee narrative and on peacemaking in a very complicated conflict. This brings awareness to the past and present realities of Palestinian life and gives the opportunity for others to encounter and serve Palestinian refugees.
Relief | Reconciliation | Relationship
Sometimes it is easy to look at a long standing conflict and determine who is right and who is wrong from afar. Without having to engage the actual people affected by the conflict—without having the conflict impact your own life in any way. Without having skin in the game, so to speak. After 15 years of serving Palestinian refugees, the conflict is not only real to me but it is more complicated than I could ever imagine.
At Beirut and Beyond, we strive to serve Palestinian refugees by partnering and working side by side with Palestinian refugees to serve their communities. We also want to invite as many of you as possible into this community of service and partnerships. Partnership makes opportunities abound and opportunities are what Palestinian refugees need. The opportunity for education, employment, freedom, and justice.
Our focus is not political, it is to serve and benefit Palestinian refugee communities who are in need. It is to share Palestinian refugee stories so they are known. It is important for us not to create more barriers in a complicated, painful conflict. But to build bridges so others can experience this community as I have. So, you too can see the beauty and dignity of Palestinian culture.
Join us in building a brighter future…together.
We bring relief to and build relationships with Palestinian refugees. We foster awareness of the complications and intricacies of the Middle East. We encourage others to be peacemakers in the Middle East. And lastly, we are advocates for Palestinian refugee communities.
And Our Goals Are
Completing projects benefiting the needs of Palestinian refugee communities run by national organizations on the ground in several different countries. Bringing awareness, education, and opportunity for others to encounter and serve Palestinian refugees.
Palestinian Refugees and The Middle East
Palestinians have had refugee status for over 70 years. Currently, they are the largest and oldest refugee group in the world with 5.3 millions refugees registered with UNRWA.*
Palestinian refugees are legally defined as people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.
One-third of the registered Palestinian refugees, more than 1.4 million, live in 58 refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
*Source, UNRWA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East.