How we work
We believe in partnership and the value of relationship. Our projects in the Middle East must meet all aspects of our tagline.
Relief | Reconciliation | Relationship
We partner with nationals on the ground with their established work in Palestinian refugee camps. We come alongside and partner by bringing supplies, funding projects, and volunteering our time to these organizations. The focus is on the national organization as we assist them to serve their own communities. The projects we participate in are by the request and need of our national partners.
WHAT’S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED
Beirut and Beyond 2018 Projects
Three Opportunities - Three Projects
Relief | Reconciliation | Relationship
Part 1-Relief Work
· A library for the Hopes for Women center in Gaza Palestinian Camp. The library is an opportunity for refugee women in a camp to have education accessible. Global Reach Libraries and Beirut and Beyond will provide an initial collection of 500 books, online resources, a computerized library system, and training for Hopes For Women staff and volunteers. We will also be providing a part-time for a woman from the camp to maintain the library.
The library will be made up of well selected books in both Arabic and English for young adults and adults obtained through purchase or donations. Examples of categories include:
Literature and popular fiction
Dictionaries and other reference books
Other topics will be added as we hear from the women what subjects they would like.
The initial training for Hopes For Women will be provided by Libby Bergstrom and Global Reach Libraries expertise. Bibliofiche has generously agreed to donate their service to host the library system. Zain, a Middle East data service operator is providing high speed internet to the Centre. The goal is for the Hopes For Women staff to maintain, expand, and have complete ownership of the library.
Continuing sponsorship for our 2017 scholarship recipient- an opportunity of our current recipient to continue with her education.
Beirut and Beyond partnered with Hopes For Women In Education in 2016 to provide tuition for two Palestinian refugee women in Gaza Camp in Jerash, Jordan. Hopes For Women In Education educates underprivileged refugee women in Jordan. Funds supported tuition for a year, book fees, transportation cost, and a stipend for each woman. One of our young woman graduated this year with a degree in Education. Our donors were a part of making that a possibility for her!
We are committed to our other 2017 recipient to make sure she has tuition covered in 2018. We have built relationship with her and her family. We watched her work hard in 2017 and are committed to helping to achieve her degree.
Management trip to Lebanon and Jordan for six months in 2018. The opportunity for Suzann and board members to continue to join, assist and manage project with our partners. This is a very important aspect of our work- to have an on-the-ground presence. We must continue to build relationship and participate in humanitarian work alongside our partners in refugee camps. This helps us build reconciliation. Suzann will split her time between the two countries and will be joined by board members in Jordan.
The total cost for our 2018 Projects is $25,000.
Hopes For Women In Education 2017 Projects
Gaza Palestinian Refugee Camp Jerash, Jordan.
Spring Hopes' Project
Beirut and Beyond has partnered with Hopes For Women In Education to provide tuition for two Palestinian refugee women in Gaza Camp in Jerash, Jordan. Hopes For Women In Education educates underprivileged refugee women in Jordan. Funds will support tuition for a year, book fees, transportation cost, and a stipend for each woman. Not only will we provide tuition, but Suzann will be mentoring the women throughout the year and will be volunteering at Hopes' Women Centre in Gaza Camp. The cost of the entire Spring Hopes' project for 2017 is $15,000. This includes tuition for two women for one scholastic year, the cost for our executive director's 3-month spring trip, and admin fees. Please consider giving your end of year gift to this special project and help provide an education to young women to open up their world. Go to our Give page and give a tax-deductible donation for this important project! Together, we can make a difference in a young refugee's life! Be part of the change!
Who We Are
Suzann MOLlner, Executive Director/Founder
Suzann Mollner has over 20 years of cross-cultural work serving the most vulnerable populations in Africa, Thailand, The Middle East, and the United States. For the past 15 years, she has served Palestinian refugees in refugee camps across the Middle East. She first encountered Palestinian refugee camps when she lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon, ever since she has work tirelessly to benefit Palestinian refugees. Beirut and Beyond is a way to expand her work throughout the Middle East and encourage others to participate in reconciliation.
She is a gifted speaker, writer, and advocate for Palestinian refugees.
Jan Shegda, Board of Directors
Jan Shegda of Los Angeles, CA is new to awareness about the situation of Palestinians worldwide and is pleased to support Beirut and Beyond’s efforts in her role as administrative coordinator. The founder of Clarity Coaching in 2009, Jan is a career specialist, speaker, and executive coach. She specializes in using the Gallup StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and MBTI systems for personal and organizational growth. She is also the founding president of International Enneagram Association- Colorado Chapter and currently serves with the global board of directors for the International Enneagram Association.
Rich Forer, Board of Directors
Richard Forer is the author of Breakthrough:Transforming Fear into Compassion – A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict. He is a former member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and has orthodox relatives living in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. A loyal defender of Israeli policy for most of his life, he zealously supported Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views, and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of Israel-Palestine. Determined to discover the facts for himself and with an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties. Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other, Forer realized that the root of suffering is one’s presumed, limited and mortal identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that presumption, which is false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim, Christian and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. He has spent time in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Steve Phillips, Board of Directors
Steve Phillips is a litigator with an undergraduate degree in theology. Growing up in the Washington, DC area, he developed a strong affinity for the study of geopolitics and national security issues. He previously lived in the Middle East and has traveled the region extensively.
Keith SWARTley, Board of Directors
Keith Swartley has had a heart for refugees since first befriending Somali Muslim refugees outside Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa in 1983. Since then Keith has enjoyed learning from and sharing with Muslim refugees in Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Republic of Georgia, Indonesia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States. One day he hopes to retire in the Muslim world, but until then Keith plans to continue motivating Christians to demonstrate the love of Christ with Muslims refugees around the corner or across the globe.
Keith and his wife Ethel, a university professor teaching an English as a second language, have been married for 30 years and have two daughters: Margaret and Charis. In addition, their family has often included international students hosted for up to two years at a time.
A focus of Keith’s ministry since 1992 has been the development of Encountering the World of Islam (EWI). For the last 20 years, the EWI course has trained over 30,000 participants in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese, and English, empowering Christians to love and serve Muslims in over 30 countries.
Faseeha Khan-Jensen, Board of Directors
Faseeha Khan-Jensen is a strategic leader with expertise in operations, fundraising, and international development, with a focus on public health. While living and working in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Faseeha executed successful development projects for the Government of Bangladesh and international NGOs. Prior to working at Velocity Global, Faseeha was the Co-Founder of The Level Market and worked with nonprofits in the UK and US, bringing years of experience in operations, communications, and relationship management. Faseeha has an MA in International Development: Poverty, Conflict, and Reconstruction from IDPM at the University of Manchester and an MPH Certificate from the University of Colorado. Having grown up in a diverse and international community with people from all walks of life, she is passionate about bringing diversity into the lives of her own children in Denver, Colorado.
Bio coming soon.