Dear all,
I know that you, like us, are probably still in shock after the events of yesterday, but I wanted to send a quick note to update you on our crisis response plans and to reassure you that we will do whatever is in our power to help those in need.
I don't even have the words to express my horror at the layer upon layer of tragedy that is battering Lebanon at the moment, and can only keep moving forward by trying to help wherever we can.  While details are still incomplete, we are remaining in close contact with our partners and friends on the ground as well as with colleagues in relief organisations such as the Red Cross and UNICEF.  As soon as the information is available to properly assess the situation, and discover how we can be of the most practical help, AMF will act quickly and decisively to combat the effects of this latest devastating blow. 
Of course our thoughts are with the families of those who have died, those injured, and those who have lost their homes, but more than just well wishes these people need our action.  In a situation like this we all want act immediately, but to us, the only thing worse than standing on the sidelines is offering help that is ill-informed or misdirected.  As soon as our colleagues report back on the most pressing needs and critical areas we will immediately pass this along to you, and if you wish to offer your support to our efforts now or once we have communicated our specific plans, any donations will be ring-fenced and used as soon as possible. In choosing to support AMF in our response, we can guarantee that every pound you give will be used responsibly, in line with our values, and the outcome of your support will be thoroughly tracked and reported. It is our pledge to you, just as it is our pledge to those we help.
As always, thank you for your continuing support, both on behalf of AMF and those whose faces you may never see but whose lives you touch so significantly.
With my best wishes
Angie Garvich
Managing Director
Al Madad Foundation
52 Mount Street
London W1K 2SF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 7896
Fax: +44 (0)20 7493 2822