Confirmed! Choir Concert in Tralee
Don’t miss this event !!!!
Don’t miss this event !!!!
On Saturday, Nov 21, 2021, at /.70 pm, at St. John’s Parish RC Church in Tralee, a great Choir Concert will take place, featuring:
St. John’s Church Choir
Siamsa Tire Choir
Kerry Chamber Choir with the KSM Orchestra
and special solo performances
All invited. Tickets on sale at the door – all proceeds in favour of our projects for Lebanon.
Thank you to all the singers and organisers!
We recently received a donation of more than EUR 4000 from Mr Alfonsus Baar. While we don’t know this gentleman or his contact details, we would like to express all our gratitude for his exceptional generosity. As always, we will do our utmost best to make sure that this money is well spent.
as you all know, this are exceptionally hard times for Lebanon, struggling with a severe financial crisis, a 90% devaluation of its currency, soaring prices, shortages of fuel, electricity, water, medicine, food.
Lebanon Trust keeps raising funds for FAID, the school for deaf children that we help since 2008, as well as two kindergartens for refugees.
Recently FAID sent an update for all its supporters:
“Greetings from the FAID family!
Thank you on behalf of the FAID family for all the support we have received from you over the years, especially during the last two years. Running our school in an economic crisis in the middle of a pandemic has been highly challenging.
A school cannot be run without staff. Through your help and support, we have held onto our team and continued paying wages. However, the hyperinflation in Lebanon has reduced the buying power of the wages by a lot. One Lebanese pound is now worth less than one-tenth of what it was two years ago. Your support also enabled us to provide food parcels on three occasions for all families – students’ families and staff – connected to the school.
A blessing came out of Covid 19. Several lockdowns reduced our face to face teaching time severely. So we needed to find another way to help our children and their parents develop their educational skills. Our staff made several videos each week. Each video had a particular topic. The video “OPPOSITES,” for example, explained all about up and down, in and out, high and low, etc. These videos, made for WhatsApp, were easy to use by parents.
Covid’s blessing helped parents in Lebanon to become teachers of their deaf children. Parents being involved more in the education of their children enhanced building family bonds, which stimulated the children’s development even more, and most of all, reduced the emotional trauma that exists in families having children with special needs.
Providing audiology support, hearing aid maintenance and batteries during Covid is very challenging. Again because of your help, we could put in the safeguards and precautions to make it possible.
We would heartily appreciate your keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
Our political and economic situation is extremely worrying.
There is a shortage of medicine, fuel, electricity and sometimes food and the prices are going up on a regular daily basis. We know we can depend on your continued support, and for that, we are tremendously grateful.“
A huge THANK YOU to our loyal supporter Luca Baur, all his classmates and the teachers Ms Kron and Ms Holmes of the A1f class of the Schulhaus Stägenbuck (Stägenbuck Secondary School) in Dübendorf, Switzerland!
The kids convinced family, neighbors & friends to sponsor one-hour runs. The minimum donation per 400m-lap was CHF 0.50 (less than EUR 0.50). It was the first school activity they were able to do without wearing a mask since September last year.
These generous, brave, creative, and athletic kids collected the marvellous sum of EUR 1900 in favour of Lebanon Trust.
All our gratitude to them, their teachers and their families who donated time and money to our projects!
Dear friends and supporters,
this is an unprecedented time for Lebanon and for FAID, School for the Deaf. We at Lebanon Trust keep trying to suppport them. Recently FAID sent a letter to its friends:
Lebanon is still without a government (since August 2020), the economy is under severe pressure, and our currency has devalued by 85%. There are fuel and medicine shortages, and daily blackouts.
The staff of FAID have been busy providing online educational support to our students and parents during the times that we can’t meet. Most of this is done through Whatsapp. We are sending educational videos that help parents to work with their hearing-impaired children.
We are delighted to see how parents are rising to the task of becoming their children’s educators. It is also great to see how this homeschooling strengthens the bonds between the children and their parents. It is a silver lining to see the relationships flourishing between parents and their deaf children. However, it isn’t all smooth sailing: the shortage of mobile phones with our families and lack of data packages is a problem. And it is something that we are trying to solve.
Based on the success of rolling out this educational support system for our regular students, we started to use a similar approach to supporting our outreach to Syrian refugee families. Our supports are tailor-made to suit the formal education level of the parent & the age and educational level of the child. At present, more than 80% of parents are engaging with our program, and we hope to increase this number as time goes on.
We also hope to continue to support parents this way even when the pandemic ends.
None of this vital work is possible without your continuous support. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for that.
What we did in 2020
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Dear friends and supporters,
Because of the coronavirus, this year we have not been able to travel to Lebanon, for the first time since 2008.
The year 2020 has been difficult for everyone, but really bad for Lebanon.
A severe economic crisis – coupled with the Syrian war – has destabilised the economy. The currency has lost 80% of its value; prices have skyrocketed. Middle-class people have become poor, and the poor have become destitute. Currently, more than half of the population of the country is below the poverty line. Of the Syrian refugees, 90% live in “extreme poverty”.
The coronavirus has of course taken its toll in Lebanon, too, with the added tragedy of very scarce economic means.
Then, on August 4th, a terrible explosion killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, and inflicted billions in damage. No-one has taken responsibility for the 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been left in the port of Beirut, without safety measures, for nearly 7 years.
In this scenario, what we can do is really a drop in the ocean. But still more than zero.
FAID used the funds to
Najdeh was able to
Teaching the deaf children at FAID:
Distribution of food packages in the refugee camps, funded by us and executed by Association Najdeh:
This year, given the special situation, we thought we really had a big mountain to climb in terms of raising funds. One of our friends, in fact, climbed three of them all in the same day – and raised 4’000 euro for Lebanon Trust in the process! We also had Bingo nights, street collections, an artist selling cat portraits, a friend donating in memory of a loved one, another donating part of her severance pay, another getting us into Amazon’s charity donation scheme, and many just quietly donating. To all, a huge heartfelt THANK YOU.
The “3 Peaks 3 Crosses” Challenge by Kevin Boyle:
Cat portraits, proceedings donated to Lebanon Trust:
Street collection in Tralee:
|Fundraising events & initiatives, private donations, corporate sponsorships|
(Year close Nov 30, 2020; EUR/USD/CHF currency exchange rate: as applied by our bank in Ireland)
|Bank and other fees (*), web hosting & domains||406.08|
|Donation to FAID||11385.93|
|Donations to the refugee camps (Association Najdeh)||10510.08|
(*) Permanent TSB Forex, PayPal, JustGiving, Benevity
A donation of USD 5000 from Amazon has been arranged for next year (many thanks Mick!).
We feel terrible that we cannot go to Lebanon this year, but still we help our friends of course! This year we sent 25 thousand dollars; 5000 were use in Summer to prepare 76 individual education packs (covering 8 weeks of schooling) and tailor-made speech therapy exercises for the kids at FAID, the school for deaf children that we support since 2008. It was a big piece of work by 13 teachers, the social worker and the psychologist, who follow those families where problems exist.
The parents were grateful for this initiative that helped them continue & follow closely their children’s education. The customized education packs gave the teachers a chance to offer each individual child an education specifically focused on his or her needs.
We are happy that we were able to help these families and lessen their burden in these difficult times in Lebanon, thanks to our generous supporters and donors.
We can’t go to Lebanon this year – unfortunately – but we finance a speech therapist to teach FAID‘s children how to speak & lip-read. These are essential skills to communicate with the world and build an independent life.
FAID is a school for deaf children in Beirut that we help since 2008. The financing of the speech therapist for them is part of the 25 thousand dollards that we sent to Lebanon this year, thank to our generous friends and supporters.
Lebanon Trust helps 256 refugee families
At the beginning of August this year, in a particularly difficult moment for Lebanon (due to the huge explosion that rocked the city on August 4th) we sent 5000 dollars to our partner Association Najdeh. With this money, they prepared 256 food parcels, for as many families in the refugee camps of Shatila and Burj El Barajneh. The families were Palestinian refugees, refugees from Syria and local Lebanese, chosen among the poorest – especially those headed by single mothers, or with special-needs children.
The content was entirely purchased locally. The parcels were distributed over the course of several days, along with some printed material about how people can protect themselves from the coronavirus. In total, we were able to help 1156 people.
Thank you friends for your generosity!
Fantastic news: thanks to our loyal friend Mick Halpin, Amazon will donate USD 5000 towards Lebanon Trust’s charitable projects! This has been a difficult year for everyone, in Lebanon and everywhere else, but it is so comforting to see that our friends are there in the hour of need.
Thank you Amazon and Mick for your amazing generosity!
Last month we sent 10’000 dollars to Lebanon, split between FAID School for the Deaf and the Association Najdeh, active in Lebanon’s refugee camps. With these funds, our friends at Najdeh have distributed 265 food parcels to the neediest families in the refugee camps of Shatila and Burj Al-Barajneh in Beirut.
Thank you to all friends who supported this effort!
Despite the rain, on Saturday Sep 5th a great bunch of people who live on St Peter’s Cresent and in the surrounding area came out to enjoy a night of open-air Bingo and to support Lebanon Trust’s projects in favour of the children’s institutions that we support.
It was a brilliant night, with friends and supporters clad in their rain gear, standing in doorways or sitting in car booths, raising a total of EUR 941! EUR 170 went towards the Bingo prizes and the hiring of a sound system, leaving a whopping total of EUR 771 for Lebanon.
Paul Horace, the organiser and Lebanon Trust’s Treasurer, would like to thank all those who helped and participated, and in particular Luke Creagh, Eileen Creagh, Amy Whelan, James Laughran, Rachael Dempsey.
Thank you friends!