Heartbeat: Doctors Moonlighting as Musicians to Save Lives

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief One in a hundred babies is born with a heart defect. That amounts to 600 cases per year in Lebanon. Most of these children can be saved. An outstanding 95 percent can go on to lead normal lives, if they receive proper treatment, and if they can pay for […]

23 Years of Touching Hearts and Minds: Najla Hamati of Collège Louise Wegmann

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief Holding children by the hand Collège Louise Wegmann teacher Najla Nasser Hamati is Lebanon’s answer to Robin Williams’ much celebrated character in Dead Poets Society: inspiring, unconventional, and lovable. She approaches teaching with love and her students with the type of respect that leaves an indelible mark for life. […]

A Beautiful Smile is Priceless

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Global Smile Foundation (GSF) is a non-profit foundation that provides pro-bono, multidisciplinary, long-term cleft care for underserved children and adults in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Cleft lip and palate are two of the most common birth defects in the world and each corrective surgery can cost between $10,000.00 and $35,000 to treat. GSF’s team of volunteers, with […]

Raising Kids in Lebanon

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Jenny Ponnig gives her account of the challenging, frustrating and beautiful educational experience that you get from raising your kids in Lebanon. The land of cedars is a country with an ancient past and an unpredictable future. Living in Lebanon’s present is a complexity that I want to discover and explore with my kids, so […]

Save the Children from Road Rage Death and Injuries

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Did you know over 1,000 children fall victim to road rage every year in Lebanon? That is no small number. Whether they are drivers, passengers, or pedestrians, children 0-5 years old face the greatest risk of being killed as a result of reckless driving in the country, and 13.9% of those cases suffer fatal injuries. […]

A Little Bit of Magic! Magic for Smiles: Jamie Jibberish

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Jamie Balfour-Paul is a magician! Not just an ordinary one: he is the only humanitarian magician based and working in Lebanon. Born in Beirut, the son of a British diplomat, Jamie attended boarding school in Britain beginning at the age of 8. Since childhood he has been fascinated by magic and as a young teen […]