Our Zoomaal Campaign that ran from Sept. 1st till Nov. 2nd, 2015 just ended raising $5,760 and achieving 115% of our set goal.” In content and add title “Crowdsourcing saves student scholarship
The campaign received 2277 views, 962 shares and was backed by 57 contributors divided as follows:
- 28 from USA raising $3,685
- 13 from Lebanon raising $1420
- 9 from Canada raising $380
- 7 from Bahamas, Netherlands, UK, Greece, and UAE
Dr. Abdessamad, LebMASH immediate Past-President, saw Ahmad, BTS 2015 winner, in Portland, OR, USA in Sept. at GLMA Annual Meeting. He wrote: “I witnessed first-hand the enthusiasm he had for developing his knowledge and expertise in the area of sexual health and LGBT health, and for bringing back to Lebanon his experience to set the track in the right direction towards a more inclusive approach to healthcare and education, with no exclusion based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
LebMASH is mentoring Ahmad to publish his award-winning paper titled “The Need for mental health research within the LGBT community in Lebanon” in a peer-reviewed medical journal. This is the type of locally-cultivated research and scientific literature that is significantly lacking in Lebanon and that is essential to advance healthcare for all. BTS students who did not win the scholarship are also being mentored into refining their papers to be published on our website.
We are so inspired by the outpouring of support. Backers of our Zoomaal campaign just secured funding to sustain Break The Silence (BTS) student scholarship for the coming three years. Ahmad will not be the last student who benefits from this scholarship.
Dr. Rami Baz, who was leading the campaign along with Dr. Abdessamad, wrote: “What a pleasure to see the enthusiasm in supporting LebMASH’s efforts to raise awareness about healthcare issues that are not addressed appropriately in Lebanon. Thank you for playing a part in making healthcare in Lebanon free of discrimination.”
We are now working on sending the perks to our supporters, here is a sneak-a-peak: