Good news from Lebanon – Nov 2016

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Good news from Lebanon

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Dublin and Zurich, November 2016

Dear friends,

the Lebanon Trust volunteers just returned from Lebanon this past weekend. We visited, and donated to, two kindergartens in refugee camps (USD 4000 in total), and stayed at FAID, the school for deaf children that we have been supporting since 2008.

There, we received a visit by a Symantec delegation headed by Marcel Nasser, Commercial Manager for Egypt and the Levant. Symantec Ireland supports us generously. We also received Matthew Saltmarsh, spokesman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, and some of his colleagues, who visited the classrooms and the audiology department, and interviewed us, the school staff and some parents.

In addition to donating USD 8000 to finance FAID’s much-needed speech therapist & school operations, we built for the children a brand-new playground and a garden area: see the difference that two weeks – and your continued great generosity – made for these disadvantaged kids!

So, on behalf of Lebanon Trust and especially of the kids, a very big THANK YOU!!!!

A proper financial report for our donors will follow.

Our 2016 work in pictures: before …

2014_playground_01 .. and it was definitely not a welcoming place for FAID's children
2014_playground_02 The former garden had been abandoned and was completely overgrown ...

and after:

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Matthew Saltmarsh of UNHCR interviews Lebanon Trust and FAID staff

Matthew Saltmarsh of UNHCR (centre) interviews Lebanon Trust and FAID staff

The UNHCR delegation visiting the Audiology department at FAID.

The UNHCR delegation visiting the Audiology department at FAID.

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UNHCR at FAID. The Chairman of FAID’s Board, Toufic Takchi, is second from left.

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A portrait of FAID’s founder Father Andeweg flanked by Lina, FAID’s Academic Supervisor, and Christy, Lebanon Trust’s Chairman.