arcenciel USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-political organization, was founded in January 2016 and is registered in the State of New York.
arcenciel USA raises funds to support Lebanon’s most underprivileged communities regardless of religion, nationality or political affiliation.
arcenciel USA is a non-profit organization, providing a bridge for US-based individuals, institutions, and corporations to connect with and support Lebanon’s most underprivileged and marginalized communities, regardless of religion, political affiliation or nationality. arcenciel USA will support at-risk communities in Lebanon through arcenciel Lebanon which provides focused programming on youth empowerment, mobility and health, sustainable agriculture and environment, responsible tourism and social support.
arcenciel Student Community Service is a volunteer abroad program specifically designed for US-based high school
students seeking an exciting opportunity in Lebanon. Our culturally rich
educational program is designed to open each participant’s eyes to the inner workings of a
social enterprise, giving them the opportunity to actively participate in on-going projects, and
to forge meaningful connections with underserved and vulnerable communities in Lebanon.
Through guided group sessions, students openly discuss their new experiences and, along
with their peers, develop ideas and question their surroundings.
Following this tragedy, arcenciel is doubling its efforts to pursue its mission in supporting fragile groups and integrating marginalized people. Building on its experience over the past 36 years, arcenciel is implementing immediately several actions in order to respond to victims’ most critical needs. READ MORE
More than 1.5 million Syrian Refugees (registered & unregistered) live in Lebanon, representing a population increase of over 25%. This has placed substantial strain on the current infrastructure, including waste management. READ MORE Estimated Cost: $1,000,000 Kindly note that your donation is tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)3
The accessible bus is needed to facilitate transportation to and from arcenciel centers in Taanayel, benefitting several of our vulnerable communities every day. READ MORE Estimated Cost: $30,000 Kindly note that your donation is tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)3
“Rainbow Clubs” are dynamic open spaces created by arcenciel to attract and support vulnerable youth in all regions of Lebanon. These centers provide young adults with access to sporting and educational activities as well as various training programs for personal, social and professional development. Young adults who would otherwise be on the streets have the chance to learn, to play and to feel like they belong to a community. READ MORE Estimated Cost: $32,000 Kindly note that your donation is tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 501(c)3
arcenciel has received several awards for its work towards sustainable development in a wide range of fields
2018 – arcenciel received, for the fourth time, the Ford Motor Company’s Conservation & Environmental Grant, for its bacterial inoculum capable of greatly enhancing and hastening the compost production process.
2018- The Institute of Political Science (ISP) at the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (USJ), awarded arcenciel with the “Prix des droits de l’homme” at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of human rights
2018 – arcenciel is the “Laureat du prix 2018 de la fondation CMA-CGM” for all its actions with vulnerable people, including disadvantaged children.
The foundation supported the upgrading of the specialized classes of the Taanayel center in 2015 and continued to seek the development of marginalized young people in Lebanon.
2018- Pierre Issa, one of arcenciel founders, received the Social Entrepreneurship Award during the Changemaker Festival!
The festival seeks to bridge the gap between youth, top decision makers, and leading corporations, to create partnerships that inspire action and deliver lasting and sustainable social change.
2016 – arcenciel received, for the second time, the Ford Motor Company’s Conservation & Environmental Grant, for its “Lebanese Conservation Volunteers” (LCV) initiative.
2015 – The Ghazal Foundation awarded arcenciel the “Prix de la Paix au Liban” for the organization’s apolitical and non-confessional promotion of peace in a challenging environment.
2015 – arcenciel was chosen as “Social Entrepreneur of the Year”. This coveted prize is awarded by the Schwab Foundation, the creators of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
2015 – The Spanish government honored Mr. Pierre Issa, co-founder of arcenciel, with the prestigious Commander of the Order of the Civil Merit. The Spanish Ambassador, Ms Milagros Hernando, personally bestowed the Commander of the Spanish Order of Merit upon Mr. Issa.
2015 – The General Director of the Dubai Municipality and the Executive Director of the United Nations Program UN HABITAT rewarded arcenciel with the Certificate of Best Practices for the environmental program initiative “Solidarity Based on the Network for Sustainable Management of Water”.
2015 – During the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit for the Middle East and North Africa, arcenciel won the “MENA CSR Excellence” prize in the Sustainable Environment category which took place May 19, 2015 in Dubai.
2014 – Mr. Pierre Issa, co-founder of arcenciel, accepted his award as Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur from M. Paoli, Ambassador of France to Lebanon, in a ceremony at the Domaine de Taanayel. The award, conferred by decree of the President of France, is the highest decoration granted by the French government.
2014 – arcenciel was awarded the “Wahdatouna khalasouna” (Our unity is our salvation) prize for its contribution to civil peace in Lebanon.
2014 – arcenciel received the award for “Best Idealistic NGOs (BINGO)” in the environmental sector
2014 – arcenciel received the Energy Globe National Lebanese Prize for its solidarity project in creating a waste recycling management network. This project was executed in partnership with Advantage Austria-Official Trade Promotion, at the Organization of the Republic of Austria.
2014 – arcenciel received the trophy “Waterfront Cities Commit” for its “Recycle for Solidarity” initiative, as part of the Rolling Caps project.
2014 – arcenciel received the 5th Intercultural Innovation Award for “A Circus School for Intercultural Dialogue” in Bali, Indonesia.
2014 – arcenciel received the Earth Card award from the Lebanese French Bank and UNDP, for the preservation of water in Lebanon
2013 – arcenciel received the award for the best professional MBA project from MBA IP Lebanon, for the study of the production launch of “Biopesticide” in Lebanon
2013 – arcenciel received the Ford Motor Company’s Conservation & Environmental Grant, for its “Rolling Caps” project which focuses on recyclable waste, specifically plastic bottle caps.
2012 – arcenciel was awarded the Nestlé “Creating Shared Value” prize in New Delhi, India, for its Wataneh Fair Trade Program.
2010 – arcenciel received the Takreem Award from Ricardo Karam, for development and creativity
Rami Harawi is an investment professional and founder of Orion Advisory. Since 2013, Orion has been advising a group of private clients on structuring and managing a diverse portfolio of investments (real estate; private and public equities) in both emerging markets such as South Africa and Mozambique and developed markets such as the UK and the US. Prior to founding Orion, Rami worked as: - An investment associate at Vantage Capital, a private equity firm based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. - A senior consultant at Booz&Co. (currently Strategy&), a management consulting firm. Rami covered the Middle East and North Africa. - An operations manager at General Electric in the USA. Rami has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, as well as an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In recent years, Rami and his wife have focused their efforts on supporting grassroots organizations that address issues faced by marginalized children in Lebanon, particularly refugee and migrant children. (agoraforgood.com/browse/funds/refugee_and_migrant_children)
Michèle is an investor with Monk's Hill Ventures, an-early stage venture capital fund focusing on technology startups in Southeast Asia. She invests cross-industries in software-driven companies and works closely with entrepreneurs to help scale their businesses. Prior to joining Monk's Hill Ventures in Hong Kong, Michele was an early employee at Udemy, the largest global online learning marketplace focused on lifelong education. Based in San Francisco, she helped grow the company and 5X revenues with a primary focus on content strategy and partnerships. Prior to joining Udemy, Michele worked in Google's New Products & Services team in London overseeing display advertising platforms for Europe and North Africa. She was also a Strategy Consultant at Oliver Wyman for telecommunication companies across the Middle East & Africa. Michèle holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. Michèle has been volunteering with arcenciel since January 2015 helping set up arcenciel USA and initiating the association’s legal incorporation. She is born and raised in Lebanon.
Rhonda Trad has a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA from Georgetown University in Economic Development and International Studies. She served as Programming and Development Officer at the Peace Corps, an international service organization funded by the United States, where she mainly focused on water/sanitation, disease eradication, and women empowerment projects. She then worked for United Nations Volunteers (UNV), an international organization fostering and developing volunteerism as a force for sustainable development. She coordinated the United States’ funding to UNV, as well as American volunteer recruitment and placement in the program. Rhonda later moved to Lebanon and worked in Management Consulting for Consulting and Development Services where she assisted on projects in the banking sector as well as in the manufacturing industry. Rhonda moved back to the DC area in 2006, where she currently lives with her family. When she is not busy with her biggest challenge of all, raising 5 children, Rhonda is heading a variety of school committees, sitting on educational boards, and volunteering in organizations and centers in the area.
Dr. Sara attended medical school at the Faculté Française de Médecine (FFM) in Beirut and at Paris XI School of Medicine and obtained his Doctorate in Medicine in 1980. In 1980, he moved to New York City where he obtained and trained 3 American Boards: Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. He is a Senior Attending Physician in the division of Hematology/Oncology at Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in New York where he is the Medical Director of the Chemotherapy Unit. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. In 2005, Dr. Sara and Fuad Sawaya established the Helen Sawaya Fund, in memory of Fuad’s wife, Helen who passed away of cancer. This program transformed the experience of cancer patients through art, music therapy, reflexology, a travel program and more. Dr. Sara is the author of several articles in the field of hematology and oncology and in 2013, he co-edited the first textbook about “Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain.” He is annually cited in the Hematology/Oncology section of "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area" by Castle Connolly and the "Super Doctors” edition of the New York Times Magazine. In 2003, Gabriel co-founded “Jamhour Alumni US” and was it’s President from 2006 to 2010.
Nada Sara graduated from the Institut Sainte Anne de Besançon of Beirut in 1974. She attended law school at the Université Saint Joseph (USJ) in Beirut where she obtained her degree in Lebanese Law and a Master’s in French Law in 1978. She then went back to school in New York – where she has been living since 1981 – and joined the LL.M program at Fordham School of Law, graduating in 2007. Nada has been active to promote Lebanon, giving lectures to the French community of New York and presenting the UNESCO Lebanese sites to her fellow Lebanese across the US. She also is a founding member of the Jamhour Alumni US association since 2003, organizing yearly reunions to gather alumni during a cultural and fundraising event.
Karim S. Trad, MD is American Board-certified in General Surgery and a Clinical Professor with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, completed a six-year general surgery residency at The George Washington University and a fellowship in Endoscopic Surgery with Dr. Jeffrey Ponsky at Case Western Reserve. Dr. Trad returned to GW as the Director of Surgical Endoscopy and headed the newly established Laparoscopic Surgery Program. Among many achievements, he is credited with performing Metropolitan Washington’s first Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication and with leading the area's first Laparoscopic Training facility at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. In 1996, Dr. Trad returned to Lebanon to serve as Medical Director at Trad Hospital for almost 10 years. Then, he came back to the United States and joined Dr. Daniel Turgeon in Reston's premier General Surgery practice, Reston Surgical Associates, which is now a part of The GW Medical Faculty Associates. Dr. Trad has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia, and is currently the Vice-President of its medical staff.
Mirwan Beydoun is a retired entrepreneur. He was co-owner of a US-based family business, marketing & distributing upholstery fabric. Mr. Beydoun conducted market research & set-up distribution networks in the Middle East and Asia. He guided the distributors in the process of buying, inventory control & selling fabrics. Currently, Mr. Beydoun consults with former clients on an ad-hoc and volunteer basis. Mr. Beydoun graduated in 1980 from the University of Pennsylvania, having majored in Finance & Management.
Nabil Eldeh is a seasoned consultant with over 18 years of Canadian and International experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering. Nabil worked as: -Project lead in different industries such as financial services, banking, insurance, consulting and retail, in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, Algeria, Qatar, UAE and Lebanon. He assisted clients in improving their control environment to mitigate risks and meet regulatory expectations while achieving the company's objectives. - Advisor to organizations on developing policies and frameworks for Internal Audit , Operational Risk and Anti-Money Laundering. -Trainer and workshop facilitator for different financial companies' senior management, transferring the knowledge of new regulatory requirements. Nabil also developed and managed the Internal Audit Division for Banque Misr Liban. He led comprehensive audit assignments covering internal controls, risk management processes and regulatory compliance. He carried out sensitive and fraud related investigation and reliability of financial and management accounts. He evaluated the quality of corporate and credit portfolios, credit management processes, treasury and investment portfolios, administration and financial systems, human resources, I.T. services and other related business of the bank. Nabil holds a business degree from York University, Canada along with risk management and internal control audit certifications.
Joe Manok is Director of Global Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with focus on the MENA region. Prior to joining MIT, Joe worked at the Development Office of the American University of Beirut (AUB) for more than ten years. Most recently he served as Associate Director of Development for Major Gifts and Advancement Services at the AUB New York Office. In 2007, Joe received the AUB President's Service Excellence Award for outstanding service to the institution. In 2012, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District II (CASE II), an international association of 700 educational institutions, named Joe as their Rising Star. Joe served as the Co-Chair of the Development Track for the 2013 CASE II Conference in Pittsburgh and the Co-Chair of the Program for the 2014 CASE II Conference in Baltimore. He was also a member of the Communications Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), New York City Chapter in 2012-13. He continues to volunteer with various nonprofits.