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When AMIDEAST established its first office, in West Beirut in 1968, its staffers likely did not anticipate that 50 years later the NGO would have touched the lives of some 33,000 Lebanese.Batoulni and Saab also explained that while AMIDEAST's educational initiatives are what it is perhaps best known for, the organization does far more.Halabi, who quit her job to open the small business in a shop formerly owned by her father, received a full scholarship funded by AMIDEAST during Alt City's 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week.It hosts a variety of events that are open to the community, including storytelling events for young people.Halabi is not the only beneficiary to pay forward to the local community some of what she gained from working with AMIDEAST.Ilani played on sports teams and took part in extracurricular clubs hosted by the school. He recalled how quickly it was possible to engage with the larger community and how leadership skills were valued in community building.
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