Egypt’s Youssef al-Naggar Foundation for Comprehensive Sustainable Development, affiliated to the Coptic Orthodox Church, earlier this month banded with Caritas Lebanon to dispatch a medical convoy to Lebanon. The move came under the rubric “Initiative of love”, with the aim of offering help to Lebanese people in need, and included a delegation of Egyptian ophthalmologists.
With the help of a Lebanese medical team, the Egyptian doctors performed during their three day stay in Lebanon 100 eye procedures and surgeries, including Glaucoma, Cataract and vision correction and 350 eye checkups. The Egyptian delegation also provided free glasses for those who needed them.
The Youssef al-Naggar Foundation is affiliated to the Coptic Orthodox Church of the Holy Virgin in Ard al-Golf, Cairo; whereas Caritas Lebanon is a member of Caritas International which was founded in Rome in 1950 and is one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world. The initiative of love was welcomed with love by the Lebanese, and succeeded with flying colours.
In a show of appreciation, Archbishop George Shihan of the Maronite Church in Egypt paid a visit to Pope Tawadros II at the papal headquarters in Abbassiya. Accompanying Archbishop Shihan, were Nicolas al-Hajjar, Vice President of Caritas Lebanon and Fr Ziad al-Haddad, Regional Head of the Lazarus Fathers in the East, and member of Caritas board. During a warm gathering which included an exchange of gifts, they all thanked the Pope for the Coptic Church’s help to the Lebanese people; the Pope expressing his gladness at offering that help.
24 September 2021