Over the last few years, Lebanon has witnessed many treacherous tragedies.
The on-going war in neighboring Syria and the flood of millions of refugees in our cities, the trash crisis and scandals revolving around the government officials, we, as citizens, have been living in turmoil, some trying to find solutions, others nonchalantly going on with their lives.
Every new crisis reported by our local television (international too, mind you) have made us further dwell on our misfortunes and forget about the human sufferings of the innocent victims of war.
Back in December I had read about an initiative founded by local chain Bou Khalil supermarket into turning around the misfortune of the refugee beggars. Instead of giving cash money to street beggars, Good Notes (given to those in need) provides basic necessities such as food, water, personal hygiene items when exchanged at your local above mentioned supermarket.
Today as I was visiting my dear friend, Meena Mukhi at the Mukhi Sisters in Beirut Souks, I could not not notice the display on the shop’s window.
After enquiring about the involvement of the Mukhi Sisters with this campaign, Meena explained to me that any person in need who was given these notes can go to any Bou Khalil branches(located in Baabda, Feytroun, Mkalles, Tripoli, Koraytem, Zahle, Jbeil, Antelias, Kousba and Damour) and buy items that are crucial to their well being and survival in these bad circumstances. It is interesting to know that a Good Truck (a mini market on wheels) has been created to roam the city and go to highly refugee concentrated areas and offer their services. Yes Bou Khalil has thought of everything right?
For more information you can check the following website :
I know there are many people out there who are suspicious of giving money to street beggars, I know that because I am one of those persons. We have all heard tales about where the money really goes (whether true or false) hence accelerating pace when a beggar approaches you on the street or turning your head when they get near your car window.
However, today I realized that my three friends are not only talented in what they do, but they have a big heart and a philanthropic civic duty towards humanity.
I left the shop with a couple of notes and a hope in the future. Thanks to the Mukhi Sisters.
With Peace & Love