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Dec. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz and leaders of the Government of
Lebanon agreed to build an eye center in
Southern Lebanon that will provide health care services to disabled individuals facing eye loss and sight issues.
Kayrouz also announced that as a way to give back to her country she will open a charitable donor's fund in
Lebanon called The Joumana Kayrouz and Daughters Foundation, to also honor her daughters
Stephanie and Nathalie Shamma.
The announcements came during an 6-day tour of
Lebanon where Kayrouz was invited to lecture to over 400 students, professors and politicians at Beirut Arab University (BAU) about her personal success and achievements in
the United States, and on the role women in
Lebanon can play in strengthening society.
During the tour, Kayrouz met with
Randa Berri, the Second Lady of
Lebanon and the wife of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri. Also the head of the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped,
Randa Berri and Joumana Kayrouz discussed their mutual concern for the plight of disabled victims, especially children.
Randa Berri and I spent about 8 hours discussing the concerns we share to help people in
Lebanon, especially those marginalized by Lebanese society and the Lebanese government. I was beyond being moved by her commitment, activism, and her ability to overcome challenges over the years to bring support to people in need," said Kayrouz.
"We seemed to share so much and I immediately identified with her commitment to those who need help."
Kayrouz was led on a tour of the disability center by Berri and saw firsthand the ongoing needs, including helping people to walk and also speak for the first time in their lives among many other circumstances. So moved by what she saw, Kayrouz immediately donated
$50,000 to Berri's center.
The visit concluded with an intimate, private dinner with Berri at her and Speaker
Nabih Berri's home, where they discussed the need for the eye center. Berri immediately announced the eye center would be inaugurated in the name of Joumana Kayrouz. Berri asked Kayrouz to accept an invitation to travel to
Southern Lebanon to officially open its doors when completed.
Kayrouz said the Second lady of
Lebanon reminisced that while she was pregnant she would deliver food and much needed supplies to people in need in
Southern Lebanon during the dangerous times.
"She shared with me how bombs were exploding behind her as she was driving but she believed that God would get her through it safely because she was doing His work," said Kayrouz, who stressed that Berri was an activist long before she became the wife of a Lebanese politician.