This month, an international group of six Lebanon Trusters will fly to Beirut for the charity’s annual trip to visit the institutions we support financially, and to do practical work. As every year, we will stay at the Father Institute for the Deaf in the outskirts of Beirut, and do maintenance work there. We will also visit their outreach program in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, where hundreds of thousands Syrian refugee live.
As we have been doing for several years now, we will also visit two kindergartens for refugee children, run by our partner Association Najdeh. We plan to visit the orphanage Home of Hope as well, which we got to know & supported last year for the first time.
We all look forward to being in Lebanon! Many hearfelt thanks to all the friends who donated and help our charitable projects.
FAID reaches deaf refugees in the mountains of Lebanon
Currently, the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) in Beirut welcomes about 20 deaf Syrian refugee children. This is as much as they can handle, because getting financial support for Syrian students is extremely difficult. Yet, the need is huge, as Lebanon has taken in about 1 million refugees from Syria.
This is the reason why FAID has created a different, innovative approach to this problem. It is called “Outreach Program” and consists of having 2 special education professionals going regularly to the Zahle region in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where most refugees are. They will provide hearing aids, speech therapy and education, most importantly working with the parents of the deaf children. A special program has been devised to teach parents how to best support their children.
The program is scheduled to start in September 2018, and it will run in collaboration with Salam, which we at Lebanon Trust visited last year.
Today Nadine and Hussein Ismail of The Learning Center for the Deaf (LCD) in Lebanon visited their support association in Switzerland, the “Freudeskreisder Gehörlosenschule LCD Libanon” (FKLCD) in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Hussein and Nadine explained what they do and the projects that they intend to develop in favour of the deaf people of Lebanon. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the whole day was very interesting and very well organised. Well done!
The United Nations agency for refugees and its High Commissioner Filippo Grandi went to FAID, the school for deaf children that we help since 2008. The star of this wonderful video is Mohammad, aged 7 and born at the very beginning of the Syria war. Mohammad is from Syria and he is a refugee; he lost his left hand when his house was shelled in 2014. Now he and his family live in Beirut. He is deaf and atttends FAID, where he is a very good and very diligent student.
Our deep gratitude to the David & Kathleen Halpin Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples, FL (USA), for their great generosity
The David & Kathleen Halpin Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County in Naples, Florida, has donated USD 1500 to Lebanon Trust for its charitable projects. We are impressed and deeply grateful for their great generosity. A big THANK YOU to all staff and members of the Foundation, and a special thought to Kathleen and Mick Halpin who made this possible.