An update on FAID’s activities
Have a look at the newsletter of the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) in Beirut, which we support since 2008 (in pdf format).
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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!
We at Lebanon Trust visited Nadine and Hussein last November at their school LCD in Baabda, near Beirut, and were impressed by it.
(© UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sánchez)
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.
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.
It is wonderful to have friends like you!