Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz and Lebanese Officials announce plans to build Eye Center

Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:40pm EST

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DETROIT,  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.

During the trip, Kayrouz met with several high government and political leaders
and gave multiple TV interviews. She also attended the inauguration of a lecture
hall at BAU and was honored to offer the first lecture.

Kayrouz said she spoke with many students at the BAU about the challenges they
face and one that really impressed her was the concern many of the young women
had about overcoming societal limits on the role of women.

"I told them about my story overcoming the obstacles that many women face in
struggling to be successful in a still male-dominated society in America and
they connected immediately," Kayrouz said.

"Afterwards, the students spoke about the lack of scholarships for their
education and how difficult it is for women to find jobs and break through the
glass ceiling that holds women down in Arab society. They said Arab women often
only rise to power when they are in partnership with prominent male figures in
their lives, like a father, husband, or brother but that rising independently on
their own merits is difficult."

Kayrouz said a part-time security guard at the University explained how she was
holding down two other jobs just trying to survive, but wanted desperately to
get a college education to advance her career.

After speaking with the woman, Kayrouz said she decided to fund her entire
education for four years at the BAU.

"I told the students when I spoke that sometimes, you can't take on everything
but that you could make a difference in the world by helping someone," Kayrouz
said.  

"Mother Theresa once said 'Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time
and always start with the person nearest you.' I believe that instead of being
discouraged by the challenges, that we begin by helping someone. I told them I
was Grateful to God that He has so blessed me that I am able to help some others
like this student."

For more information visit  www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.  

SOURCE  Joumana Kayrouz


Ray Hanania, rghanania@gmail.com, +1-312-933-9855 (cell)
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