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.
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. Please consider joining us to help give opportunities for education for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East! Give your tax-deductible donation today by visiting our GIVE page. Please contact us with any questions!
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 18 years of cross-cultural work serving the most vulnerable populations in Africa, Thailand, The Middle East, and the United States. For the past 13 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.
Michael Stark, Board of Directors
Michael D. Stark teaches philosophy and theology in Denver, Colorado. He has previously taught at Colorado Christian University and Trinity Christian College. He aims to create space and freedom for dialogue for people of different religious, denominational, and political positions on social issues. Michael has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Judson University (2009) and a M.A. in Philosophy from Denver Seminary (2012).
His academic research centers on existentialism and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. His work has been published in a wide range of outlets, from academic journals and books to popular magazines such as The Other Journal & Relevant. He is currently working on his first book scheduled for release in Spring 2018.
If you're interested in reading more from Michael, visit his website at mdstark.com
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.
Alison SCHoField, Board of Directors
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon.