Beirut-Born Indian In Dubai Is Helping Affected Families In Lebanon

Khaleej Times

Dubai-based Indian expat Mohana Rao launched a fundraising initiative back in August, following ’s disastrous port blast, where she raised funds by selling specially designed T-shirts, bags, and masks during events held at community centers in Dubai.

She has been collaborating with several organizations, namely the , Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), Broummana-Based Al Amal Institute for the Disabled, Liban Troc, and Aid Now, to provide impoverished families, in and beyond, with food grains and various necessities.

A passionate humanitarian, Rao felt very moved by the Beirut blast of August 4th. She went on to design a statement of solidarity, Je Suis Beyrouth (I am ), on white T-shirts with the red stripes of the Lebanese flag. Topping the words, a small flame of hope rises.

@beyrouthjesuis

Her designed statement was also produced on masks and bags.

She went active on social media for her fundraising initiative, selling the items and also receiving messages for help from . So far, she has sold about 70 percent of the stock, which proceeds she is allocating to the ERC for

The Indian expat did even more than that.

“I bought sleeping bags from a merchant in Ajman and, through the ERC, shipped more than 300 of them to ahead of the winter. And then some 50 tablets to help students continue with online learning and people to carry on with their work,” Rao told Khaleej Times.

She has even stepped up to help with ’s most recent alarming COVID-19 situation, focusing on impoverished families through local organizations, like the Broummana-based Al-Amal Institute for the Disabled.

Mohana Rao. (Je Suis Beyrouth/Twitter)

The institute is working on buying grains from farmers in the south of . Food boxes are sent to the army to distribute them in the most devastated areas of .

“So far 135 families were provided several kilos of legumes. I am just a conduit,” Rao said with modesty.

Mohana Rao has a particular connection to . Her father was an Indian Army officer who had served in , and she herself was born in .

However, Rao’s endeavor for the people in is not the first of her humanitarian initiatives. She has also helped people affected by natural disasters in Pakistan and Oman.

Her life purpose seems clear to her, “making life better for people.”


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