Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Y.A.N.A. 1st Garage Sale Dec. 10-12, 2008

Y.A.N.A. 1st Garage Sale - Braderie
Fill their Christmas with Joy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, December 12, 2008 at 10:00am - 6:00pm

CCU bldg, SS1, Dekwaneh
St. Joseph str
Beirut, Lebanon
Phone/fax: +9611691115

The Social Department of CCU is pleased to welcome you to its first Garage Sale (Braderie) for the funding of its newest project:
Y.A.N.A. (You Are Not Alone) for Social Care and Follow-up.

Buy items at very affordable prices and help us raise cash for needy mothers and children: clothes, toys, fake jewelry, kitchen appliances, gifts articles,...

Exact address:
St. Joseph str. parallele de Slave st. in Dekwaneh, take a turn next to Grace pharmacy and then another turn after Chidiac Market. CCU HQ bldg.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Y.A.N.A. Garage Sale

Y.A.N.A. has the pleasure to announce the launch of its "GARAGE SALE" to profit people in need. For this purpose, we will endeavour to collect the following: Clothing (man, woman, child), kitchen equipment, toys, gift items, school books, furniture, etc...

It is imperative that these items are in GOOD SHAPE!

In addition we are looking to receive FOOD provisions to distribute to needy families for the Christmas season: Preserves, cooking oil, milk, cereals, rice, pasta, etc... (anything that cannot be spoiled, so please no fruits or vegetables)

Your esteemed assistance is important to make their Christmas a real holiday.

Thank you in advance!

Kindly deliver goods to the following address:

Congregation of Hearts United in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
HQ: St. Joseph Street
CCU Building, Dekwaneh, Lebanon
PoBox: 55205 - Sin El Fil
Tel / Fax: +961 1 691 115

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Both maternal and paternal antecedents are grand, privileged and politically prominent. They are also Christian – Greek Orthodox. Startlingly, this great sceptic, this non-guru who believes in nothing, is still a practising Christian. He regards with some contempt the militant atheism movement led by Richard Dawkins.

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Y.A.N.A. (You Are Not Alone)

Y.A.N.A. (You Are Not Alone) provides follow-up with families facing social difficulties and offers them different social services (dispensary/ clinic, orphanage/ foster home, children’s group, women’s group) to best serve their needs.

All families passing through social problems are targeted by this project, especially mothers and children.

Y.A.N.A. welcomes women who are:
a) Abused
b) Divorced
c) Widowed
d) Unmarried mothers (filles- mères)
e) Facing extreme poverty

Y.A.N.A. offers these mothers a dedicated specialized team of psychologists and social assistants. The ladies will be divided into groups and assistance will be provided in terms of:
• Psychological support, through listening and follow-up
• Team work, though “Group Dynamics”
• Medical care, through the association’s dispensary/ clinic

Y.A.N.A. welcomes children whose families are having difficult social circumstances:

Conditions for acceptance:
a) Orphaned by one or both parents
b) Abused child
c) Family’s in extreme poverty

Y.A.N.A. will provide the children with the following services and follow-up:

1. On the educational and schooling level:
a. Education by providing tutors to help with their after-school homework
b. Provision for a lunch meal before tutoring
c. From the beginning to the end of the school year excluding holidays

2. On the medical level:
The program includes medical care through the use of the association’s clinic/ dispensary

3. Miscellaneous activities:
a. Kids benefiting from this program are automatically part of the association’s “Children Group” supervised by a social assistant
b. The Children Group meets every Saturday between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm where kids will take part in a multitude of entertainment, cultural and spiritual activities
c. Many field trips during the school year
d. 1 week Summer camp to celebrate the end of the school year

4. Fostering home and Orphanage:
a. Provision for premises to accommodate up to 8 kids aged between 7 to 10 years old where they will benefit from the services provided by the home:
i. Living facilities (120m2 apartment) and nurture
ii. Education, healthcare and nourishment
iii. Guidance, emotional and psychological support
iv.Miscellaneous activities as provided above
b. Conditions for acceptance:
i. Orphans by one or both parents
ii. In need of shelter and referred by specialized official sources
c. The program will provide for psychologists and social assistants for follow-up with the children on a psychological and ethical basis

5. Child follow-up:
The association has the right to follow-up on the child at home and school through visits conducted by the social worker appointed by the organization. This point is conditional to acceptance of the child into the program

Who we are:

The CCU is a lay, apostolic, ecumenical, social and charitable movement free from religious or racial discriminations. Founded in Dekwaneh - Lebanon in 1960 by Sister Mathilde Riachi, it has the approval of the ecclesiastical and civil authorities according to a certificate of registration and acquaintance nr 15 A.D. amendment nr 20 A.D. /2007.

Tel/Fax: + 961 1 691 115
CCU Headquarters, St. Joseph str., Dekwaneh
Beirut, Lebanon

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