BEIRUT: With an estimated diaspora of almost 14 million Lebanese people worldwide, many of those abroad have felt a longing and need to come back to Lebanon to support the ongoing nationwide protest whether by instantly getting on a plane and joining the protests or by watching the news closely and joining their local protest abroad.
After watching the news and Instagram stories continuously for two days, computer engineer Ayah Bdeir, couldn’t handle being in New York while her country was witnessing a street outrage on corruption, taxes, and social injustice.
Upon returning to Beirut on October 19th, the third day of the protest, Bdeir immediately took to the streets meeting people at the protest, and asking them about their needs, wants, and demands.
“My goal is to help the movement from New York,” Bdeir told Annahar, “I didn’t want to do it without knowing what was happening on the ground.”
Along with a group of six friends, Bdeir got to thinking about how she could help the people. Together they created within two days the "DaleelThawra" website, which translates as the revolution guide.
“We were a group of designers and technologists, so we created a website, which is a one-stop to find anything you need about the revolution,” she explained, "If you're at the protest on-ground and you need any help you can go on the website and find it, if you want to help but don't know how you can find that information as well."
The website acts as a directory containing information about needed donations, civic and political organizations' reports of corruption, demonstration strategies, pro bono services, communications, and anything of interest to any given protester, or Lebanese expat.
The website is currently accessible at https://www.daleelthawra.com/ and constantly updated with information on all ground campaigns, initiatives, activities, and news.
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