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Lebanon Trust helps 256 refugee families

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!

Lebanon Trust provides food parcels to refugee families in need

Lebanon Trust provides food parcels to refugee families in need


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!

A great Bingo night for Lebanon

A great Bingo night in Dublin’s St. Peter’s Crescent for Lebanon

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!

Explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020

Explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020

To all our friends and supporters who worry because of the recent explosion in Beirut: all our volunteers and our Lebanse friends (at least those we managed to reach so far) are safe. But of course most buildings have been very heavily damaged, and also the school and the refugee camps we support, despite the distance from the blast site in Beirut’s port. In the pictures below, a city street and the grain silos (credit: AFP / Patrick Baz and AFP/STR)

 

Kevin’s success

A resounding success for Kevin and for Lebanon Trust

Dear friends,

not that anyone ever doubted it – Kevin made it!! Here is his message:

The 3 peaks-3 crosses one day challenge was completed yesterday in tough conditions on each of the three mountains. Thanks to all who helped make the challenge possible, and thank you for all your generous donations that made this event a fundraiser rather than just a tough day in the mountains. Your money will make a direct difference for the better for the children in Lebanon supported by our Charity. Every day is a challenge for them, and you have all helped in a big way to help them.

Thank you so much..

Kevin

Kevin’s very generous friends

A huge THANK YOU to Kevin’s generous friends

Kevin, the hero of the “3 peaks-3 crosses one day challenge” is raising funds for Lebanon Trust’s projects. Many friends have responded generously to this great initiative. We would like to express our immense gratitude to them: (in inverse chronological order)

the many, many “Anonymous” donors
Mark Drummond
Colin
Micheál
Leahy family
Kathleen Curtin
Kieran o Shea
Gerardine Cotter
Joanne
Susan McNamara
Stacey
The Halpin Family
Deirdre, Joe, Anton and Mary
Don and Siobhan
Una and Kieran
Kevin & Noreen
Uncles and auntie Mary
Stephen
Kayla and Amelia
Sharon O S
Christine, Nora & Danny
Nicola
Karen Condon
Dee, Tom H, Mike O’D, Sean, Joanne, Niamh, Shane, Adam, Chris, James, Donie, John, Michael H.
Anne and Jerry casey
Patrick Sullivan
Ken and Lisa
Joan & Peter
The luckiest son in the world
Mum
Ken and Liz
Mike Higgins
Bryan and Gráinne
Aidan and Sharon
Gary, Judy, Lauren and Kerri.
Pen and John
Monika and the kids.
Ryan Boyle
Grainne
Damien Ginty
Michele and Fergus
Tracy O Keeffe
Sandra and Sean O Keeffe
Peter White
Trevor Devereux
Marion O’Mahony
Andrea and the O’Donoghues
Gerardine Gardezi
Sam
David
Bernie

FAID helps their students’ families

FAID, the school for deaf children we support since 2008, helps their students’ families during this unprecedented crisis

In October 2019, an unprecedented economic crisis in Lebanon caused wide unemployment and a 60% devaluation of the Lebanese currency. As Lebanon relies on imports, prices have more than doubled, and many people find it challenging to buy even basic food items. Coupled with the instability of neighbouring Syria’s 10-year war and the coronavirus crisis, this situation has pushed the country to its knees.

FAID, the school for the deaf we support, helps the most impoverished families among their students. With the help of a NGO, they prepared food parcels and distributed disinfectants to those in need.

The Three Peaks Challenge – an update

An update on Kevin’s Three Peaks Challenge

Dear friends,

not even a global pandemic can stop Kevin and his challenge (described here) – this daring  adventure has just been delayed by a few weeks. It is now going to take place on Saturday July 25th, 2020.

We hope that many of you will support Kevin’s fundraising to help our projects, especially in this difficult time: Lebanon has been hit not only by the Coronavirus pandemic, but also by a terrible economic crisis which has seen its currency lose a staggering 60% of its value. Prices have become sky-high and a large part of the population cannot afford basic goods. Of course, the poor and the refugees – the most vulnerable – have been affected disproportionally hard.

You can donate on Kevin’s  Just Giving page or directly here.

Many heartfelt thanks to Sam, Gerardine Gardezi, Andrea, Marion O’Mahony, Trevor Devereux, Peter White and the many anonymous friends who have donated generously so far! The world is wonderful because you are in it.

Thank you!

The Three Peaks Challenge

The Three Peaks Challenge – a message from Kevin

There are three mountains in beautiful Kerry (Ireland) that have crosses at the top: Cnoc na Tober, Carrauntoohil and Mt. Brandon.

As a fundraising challenge for Lebanon Trust,  our friend Kevin Boyle intends to climb to the summit of the three mountain crosses in the same day, Saturday 6th June 2020.

We all sincerely hope that this is a fundraising challenge that is worthy of your support, along with the charity that I hope to raise funds for – Lebanon Trust.

Kevin will have a small number of friends supporting him on the day, including KCC’s own Kenneth Leahy who will climb with him, and John Lynch who will provide logistical support. Kevin thanks them in advance for their time and effort, given freely.

This year Kevin will carry the Kerry flag with him to the top of the three mountains, and again when you make your donation/pledge, you will be able to nominate two names to be written on the flag, as a gesture of remembrance, spirituality and intentions for your nominated loved ones.

All the funds raised will go to Lebanon Trust’s charitable projects, to help those who can’t help themselves. We all hope you can support the effort.

Thank you in advance from Kevin and all the volunteers of Lebanon Trust.

What we did in 2019

 

What we did in 2019

Download 2019 report

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Dear friends and supporters,

despite the volatile situation in Lebanon, due to continued protests against mismanagement of public money and corruption, in November 2019 we went to Lebanon to visit the Institutions that we support thanks to your donations. They are: the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID), two kindergartens for refugee children, and the Home of Home, for orphans and street children.

This was our 12th consecutive visit to FAID, School for the Deaf in Beirut, which teaches about 80 children, Christian and Muslim alike, and refugees from Syria; many receive full boarding during the week. We restored and repainted the room for vocational teaching, where the children will be taught the art of hairdressing. We also did much maintenance to the school building, fixed and installed a door for the clinic and cleaned up the garden.

Towards the end of our stay, all the pupils gathered in the school’s courtyard to celebrate (and eat sweets).

Thank to your support, we were able to

  • donate 8000 dollars towards speech therapy, so that the deaf children can learn to speak and lip-read, necessary skills to become independent and support themselves;
  • donate 2000 dollars to buy heating oil for the classrooms (winters are cold in Lebanon!)
  • buy equipment and materials for the work we did

We also visited the Home of Hope, an institution for orphaned and street children. They are now creating a vocational training programme, to make sure that the children can leave the institute equipped with professional and life skills, to become independent and build their own future.

We were able to donate 3000 dollars towards this programme, on behalf of our generous donors. We also brought sport equipment and clothes, thanks to O’Neills House of Sports in Dublin.

We went back to the refugee kindergartens in the camps of Shatila in Beirut and Burj elShemali in the ancient city of Tyre in the South of the country. Despite the poverty and squalor surrounding them, these kindergartens are oases of gaiety and serenity, painted in bright colours and spotlessly clean. The children, aged 3-5, play and learn how to read and write in Arabic and English. The staff are very resourceful and super-motivated. As always, they welcomed us with great hospitality and a veritable feast of Palestinian delicacies.

Thank to your generosity, we were able to donate 3000 dollars to each kindergarten towards teaching material for the children and maintenance of the buildings.

Finances

Income: donations to Lebanon Trust (Euro)

Fundraising events 1555.00
Private donations, collection boxes, sponsorship cards 9219.02
Corporate sponsorships 8515.92
Total 19289.94

(Year close Nov 30, 2019; EUR/USD/CHF currency exchange rate: as applied by our bank in Ireland)

Expenditure: Donations to the supported institutions, expenses (Euro)

Web hosting & domains, Paypal/banking commissions
178.15
Hardware & materials, transport, logistics, local labour 1191.21
Donation to FAID 9243.85
Donation to the Home of Hope 2773.15
Donation to Shatila refugee kindergarten 2773.15
Donation to Burj el Shemali refugee kindergarten 2773.15
Total 18932.66
Difference 357.28

Our volunteers displayed a great imagination in devising ways to raise funds: Christmas swims, street collections, raffles, cake sales, quiz nights, office collections, etc.

Our special thanks to the friends who helped this year:

• Mick Halpin & family (Dublin & USA), for their fantastic, generous & constant support
• All colleagues at Symantec (Dublin)
• Paul’s Barber Shop, Crumlin (Dublin)
• Anna Galli (Genoa, Italy)
• Geraldine McGrath (Dublin), for her amazing cakes!
• McCormack’s Cycle Centre (Dublin)
• O’Neill’s House of Sport (Dublin)
• Paul Reid Dental Laboratories (Dublin)
• Gerard Kelly, Kelly’s Welding & Engineering Supplies Ltd (Dublin)
• Pat Stafford of Stafford Engineering (Dublin)
• A. Bertolotto & MC Ferraro (Genoa, Italy)
• Martina Merkle (Zurich, Switzerland)
• Big Mick & all the lads at Farleng Engineering (Dublin)
• Ole Vossnack (Zurich, Switzerland)
• Fam. Liverini-Swanström (Zurich, CH)
• Fam. Delfante-Cocurullo (Genoa, Italy)
• Anna Dal Negro & fam. (Zurich, CH)
• Giovanni Zappavigna & fam. (Massa, I)
• Elena Prola-Smith & fam. (London, UK)
• Fam. Bertolotto-DellaPenna (Genoa, Italy)
• Milda Cocurullo & fam. (Genoa, Italy)
• Enrico & Lilli Bertolotto (Genoa, Italy)
• Fam. Parodi (Genoa, Italy)
• Fam. Devia (Genoa, Italy)
• The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (USA)
• The Symantec Foundation (USA)
• St Peregrines GAA Club (Dublin), for their ongoing support over the years
• Patricia Meade (USA), for her generosity
• Kelly’s Welding & Engineering (Dublin)
• The Terence Welding Company (Dublin)
• ProWeld (Dublin)
• Brenden & staff di Lilliput Stores (Dublin)
• Dolphin Furniture Sales (Dublin)
• Lufthansa Airlines
• ChAir Airlines
• Advanced Car Rental (Beirut)
• All the generous Walkinstown friends in St Peter’s Crescent and St Peter’s Drive for their constant support
• Carla & Natale Ferraro (Genoa, Italy)
• G. Margotti & S. Falaschini (Livorno, Italy)
• Fam. Fasciolo (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
• Fam. Pellegrini (Genoa, Italy)
• Fam. Aquini (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
• Fam. Ricci (Arquata Scrivia, Italy)
• Fam. Vigna-Mori (Savona, Italy)
• Fabio Minotti (Lentate sul Seveso, Italy)
• Catherine e Adrian Ruf (Zurich, CH)
• Chaithra Vishnu (India)
• Community Foundation of Collier County, Florida (USA)

Lebanon Trust’s volunteers’ work at FAID

Our volunteers’ work at FAID (November 2019)

 

    

 

This was our volunteer’s 12th consecutive visit to FAID, School for the Deaf, in Beirut.

We painted and renovated the Vocational Training room, where FAID’s children will be trained to become hairdressers; did many maintenance tasks at the school; cleaned up the garden and fixed and re-installed the clinic door.

At the end of our stay, we all shared chocolates & cheers with the all the children.

Thanks to our donors, we were able to help the school with

– USD 8000 for the speech therapy,
– USD 2000 for heating fuel
– and we financed the renovation work that we carried out

We look forward to next year’s visit!

Volunteers in Lebanon, 2019

Despite the volatile situation, our volunteers went to Lebanon last month (Nov 2019)

     

Widespread, non-sectarian protests have been taking place in Lebanon without interruption since October 17, 2019. The protests are motivated by the government’s failure to provide basic services (such as electricity, drinking water, garbage collection) and find solutions to an economic crisis that has been looming for quite some time, because of corruption and waste of public money. These protests cause some disruptions – such as blocked roads – and the banks, when they are open, limit withdrawals.

Despite the possible volatility of the situation, our volunteers travelled to Lebanon for their annual working visit.

(pictures: from Wikipedia)

Lebanon Trust volunteers on their 2019 mission

Lebanon Trust volunteers on their 2019 mission

Once again, Lebanon Trust’s volunteers are heading to Lebanon. For two weeks in November, they will visit FAID School for the Deaf, the Association Najdeh‘s refugee kindergartens, and the institute for orphaned and street children Home of Hope Lebanon, doing practical work and delivering financial support, thanks to our friends and donors!

A huge THANK YOU to all the generous people who helped us this year!