Founder of I Do It Cause I Can, reveals how he uses his passion for sports and extreme adventures to raise awareness about blind and deaf communities in Lebanon and provide relief support in disaster-struck zones around the world.
What message do you try to promote through your journey?
I aim to share my experiences and stories in the world of outdoor sports and peace work. In the hope I can influence others to believe they are capable of achieving what they truly want. If you truly want something, you can do it.
What made you decide on your mission? Was it a specific event or incident?
I had a leg trauma at age of 15, I almost lost my leg from the knee down. I was never supposed to walk straight again. But I didn’t accept that, I followed what I believe I could achieve and I did. This story taught me there is no valid excuse, only fear controlling us; and once you overcome these excuses, you will use fear to your advantage and change the situation and its outcome.
What makes you get up each morning and drives you to do what you do?
Anyone who refuses to accept their situation, but strives to make it better.
How do your friends and family feel about the work you do?
They look up to me and get inspired. However, each one of them has inspired me and positively influenced my life journey.
They sometimes question why I risk my life to save others or why i embark on extreme adventures to support charitable causes, but now they got used to it, and ask less questions.
Do you think your background or life experiences shaped your mission?
I believe my childhood and the life I experienced growing up had shaped my current choices on a large scale.
What have been your biggest successes since the start of your mission?
Seeing people happy and thankful despite the tough situation they are in. I’ve witnessed gratitude and hope from survivors of one of the deadliest typhoon and this people didn’t lose hope and were thankful to be alive though they’ve lost everything they have, including their homes, farms and even their family
What are your biggest challenges and limiting resources?
Clichéd as it sounds: money of course, but there is a way around it.
Time is essential, no matter how efficient you are in time management, I believe more time in the day will allow you to achieve more.
There are many issues conflicting regions around the world, which two issues would you say are the most important ones to change?
Labeling issues on importance scale is subjective, the way I see it:
The current system and how it limits people. Ignorance of the consequences of our daily choices, and how they affect our world on a longer run.
What is your fondest memory since you started your mission?
Exploring the deepest cave of the world is one of those memories that changed my life and reshuffled priorities.
What is the next milestone you are trying to achieve through your mission?
I do not plan ahead and surely do not advertise my plans. Secrecy to me is the key to success.
What does The Ajala Project mean to you and what do you expect from us?
I believe the AJALA project is very beneficial to our community especially in Dubai. It is important to remind people that there is always a way to do things differently, and it more important to remind them that many areas around Dubai and the rest of the world could use some of our help.