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Virtual Afternoon Tea with Edinburgh Direct Aid

April 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Local charity Edinburgh Direct Aid is making a huge difference to the lives of Syrian refugees living in camps in Lebanon.

If you would like to learn more please join us online for “afternoon tea” to hear up-to-date stories from EDA’s founders Jeanne Bell and Denis Rutovitz, and members of their team.

You will be welcomed by Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan,  hear from Maggie Tookey, EDA’s International Projects Director, and Nabil Khaliouf, leader of EDA’s team in Arsal in Lebanon and have the opportunity to ask questions.

You will also have the opportunity to make a donation to support EDA’s work.

This event is online so please register your interest here so that we can email you a link to join the meeting on the day.

Don’t forget to bring your tea and coffee!


EDA was founded in 1992 in response to the war in the former Yugoslavia.  The first shipment of aid to Bosnia was sent off from 13 George St in Edinburgh with a prayer of blessing spoken by Rev Andrew McLellan,  then minister of St Andrew’s and St George’s church. Since then EDA has worked in many countries devastated by war or natural disasters.

Their focus for the last six years is support for refugees in camps in Arsal, Lebanon, in mountains close to the Syrian border.

Arsal is a small town, overwhelmed by the needs of the 60,000 refugees camped in the area.  EDA assists with food, clothing, heating oil, and materials to repair ramshackle shelters. It has built a school, and pays for books and teaching materials for the volunteer Syrian teachers. It has started centre for disabled children, and has developed a range of vocational training programs leading to job opportunities for adults. The sewing workshop is currently supplying PPE to Arsal’s hospital. After the massive explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut and damaged thousands of homes, EDA-trained carpenters spent 12 weeks in the city replacing 2,800 windows and doors.

The war in Syria is ten years old, the children in our picture have known nothing but war and life in a refugee camp. Peace still seems a long way off, but in the meantime EDA is easing suffering and offering hope for the future.

Join our virtual afternoon tea to meet the team, to be inspired by EDA’s latest work and to help them to offer hope for the future.

Here’s that link again to register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-afternoon-tea-with-edinburgh-direct-aid-registration-149380957465