Yearly Archives: 2011

All 2011 posts

The children from FAID wish Lebanon Trust’s friends and supporters a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year

The 2011 FAID’s Christmas Party was really an event – 120 attended it, the pupils, their parents and friends, the members of the Board, the Pastor of the German Speaking Evangelical Congregation in Beirut, the children of the Hermon Center for the Blind and Deaf.

After the traditional morning procession and Church service performed by Father Issam Ibrahim, the party began with a special animation , and the children performed Christmas dances and songs. The event was sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Lebanese Lotto.

To close the day, Santa Claus visited each class and spoke with the children. He inspected their work and gave them gifts, which were a generous donations of the students of the American Language Center and other friends of the Institute. It was really a big day for all!

October – November 2011: a very successful mission to Beirut by Lebanon Trust

The volunteers travelled to Lebanon to visit the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID) and the Chatila refugee kindergarten, to deliver the donations and to work at the FAID school. It was a pleasure to meet our friends again, to see the children’s progress and visit the new kindergarten. More details on this page. A complete report will be sent to all our donors.

  • FAID – Lebanon Trust financed a year of a speech therapist for the deaf children, who otherwise could not learn how to speak:

As Krikor Kasholian, FAID’s director, puts it:

Many heartfelt thanks from FAID’s pupils and teachers to Lebanon Trust and its volunteers and supporters. Regular and frequent speech therapy really helps our children’s progress, and it is also a great encouragement to us to know that we have friends who care and work hard to help our school. Again, thank you Lebanon Trust and see you next year.”

  • Kindergarten of the refugee camp of Chatila – Lebanon Trust co-financed the restored building and some equipment:

In the words of Mariam, the kindergarten’s principal:

On behalf of the kindergarten of the Chatila refugee camp, the teachers and the children, I would like to express our warm appreciation of Lebanon Trust’s commitment to our institution. Also thanks to their fundraising efforts, this year we were finally able to offer to our children a completely refurbished building, safe, clean and with more spacious rooms. We hope that our cooperation with Lebanon Trust will continue, and expand in the future.”

October 2011: greetings from Beirut to our friends and supporters

The volunteers of Lebanon Trust are at the moment in Beirut, working at the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (as proven by the picture of our latest volunteer Noel: please notice the staircase before and after his masterly intervention) and enjoying the marvellous weather and the hospitality of the Lebanese people.

The funding for the speech therapist has been delivered as promised, as well as funding for our work programme on the school’s premises while here. A report with full details about our activities will follow.

October 2011: Paul Horace would like to thank all the many friends who helped him with their amazing generosity in raising EUR 3007 for a wonderful cause, despite these very difficult times

  • Paul Martin of Paul Martin Communications Limited, Dublin
  • Declan Griffin of Griffin Digital Print, Dublin
  • McCormack’s Cycle Center, 31a Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1
  • Everybody on St. Peter’s Crescent, Walkinstown Dublin 12
  • Two major Banks in Dublin
  • Paul’s Barber Shop, 123a Old County Road, Crumlin, Dublin
  • O’Neill’s House of Sport, Walkinstown Avenue, Dublin 12
  • The lads from Yellowstone Football Club
  • McCauley’s Bar & Lounge, Rialto, Dublin 8
  • And finally all the people on the sponsorship cards, of which there were many!

October 15th, 2011: Alessandro and Maria Cristina celebrated their golden wedding anniversary (50 years!) with family and friends, who marked the occasion with generous donations to Lebanon Trust

The lovebirds give heartfelt thanks to everyone.

October 8th, 2011: To our friends in Zurich: thank you so much – your extraordinary generosity will go a long way!

2200 Swiss francs donated to Lebanon Trust. Thanks to your contribution, we can now finance a full year of a speech therapist for FAID!

October 7th, 2011: Lebanon Trust disco & more in Dublin

Music from the swinging ’60s -’70s – ’80s music, karaoke and stand-up comedy by a surprise special guest: at McCauley’s Bar & Lounge, Rialto, 536/538 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, from 8 pm till late. For info, contact us or ring Paul at 0872640133.

EUR 717 raised for our charitable projects – yet another demonstration of our friends’ great generosity! Thank you all!

September 23rd, 2011: Pub Quiz in Tralee, co Kerry

A Pub Quiz evening in Tralee: great prizes for first, second and third – test your knowledge (and your luck) and get loads of fun! At the Castle Bar in Rock Street at 8 pm. EUR 20 for a table of four – proceeds in favour of Lebanon Trust.

€ 350 raised for our charity – thank you all generous friends in Tralee!

September 2011: a big THANK YOU to Bus Éireann for their generous sponsorship of Lebanon Trust’s charitable work, on behalf of the children of Lebanon

August 27th, 2011:
Lebanon Trust fundraiser in Tralee, co Kerry

A night of music, spot prizes and craic galore: the band Rouge at Turner’s Lounge, 22 Castle Street, Tralee. From 8 pm till late. For info, contact us or ring Noel at 0877562436.

In the picture: back row, left to right: Lebanon Trust Chairman Christy Kinsella and Treasurer Paul Horace, Gillian O’Brien, Councillor Dan Galvan, Brian O’Toole, Turner’s Lounge proprietor Aidian Turner, Tara Conway, Rouge band’s Dave O’Leary, Ann Conway. Front row, left to right: Kerry star football player Kieran Donehy, Lebanon Trust volunteer and star fundraiser Noel Conway, Radio Kerry presenter Weeshie Fogarty, Pauline Conway, former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Dick Spring. In the very front, Stacey Conway and Alison O’Sullivan. Photo Joe Hanley.

The event was a roaring success and raised € 2000 for our charitable causes: best fundraiser ever! Thank you all!

August 2011 Tralee fundraising party

July 15, 2011:
Lebanon Trust concert & party in Dublin

at St Peregrines GAA Club, Blakestown Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 – from 8pm on. With the entertainment of Tarantella Fall, performing their debut album “Abandoned Road”. And raffles, prizes, auctions, karaoke! The proceeds will be donated to Lebanon Trust. Contact us for details and tickets.

The party was great fun and 1100 € were raised: thank you very much to all the generous attendees!

June 2011: a very generous donation to remember a friend

Lebanon Trust has received an exceptional donation in memory of Arnaldo Musso from Genoa, who will be always remembered by his friends with affection and genuine admiration. He would have appreciated being remembered through actions that make a very positive impact on the life of who needs it most.

May 2011: Lebanon Trust is awarded € 1000 by the Ford company in Dublin

On June 3rd our chairman Christy Kinsella will be awarded a € 1000 prize as “Unsung Hero” of Blanchardstown, Dublin, during a gala dinner at Finglas Ford.

Many thanks to all the sponsors and to everyone who voted for Lebanon Trust!

March 2011: update from the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf

Thanks to last year’s donation, all the pupils during the current school year can have individual speech therapy, once or twice a week, according to their need.

Our goal for 2011 is to keep financing the speech therapist, as well as help financing some much-needed professional training for the other teachers.

March 2011: Lebanon Trust helps financing much-needed reconstruction work at the kindergarten of the Chatila refugee camp in Beirut

The kindergarten is currently housed in a cramped building on a one-person-wide lane, with small and damp rooms. A project exists to transfer the kindergarten to a larger and better building nearby, which however needs renovation. Lebanon Trust participates in this project with $2’500, financing the reconstruction of the inner walls. Thanks to our generous donors, the children of the refugee camp will soon have a better and healthier kindergarten, with larger rooms, natural light and no more damp. Work started March 1st.

February 7th, 2011: Lebanon Trust features on Italy’s most important daily

Our chairman Christy Kinsella’s picture in the kindergarten on the Chatila refugee camp tickled the curiosity of many readers of Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading newspaper – thank you!

February 2011: Italy’s weekly magazine Donna Moderna (readership: 600’000) writes about Lebanon Trust

Donna Moderna’s publication of Lebanon Trust’s appeal (on this year’s issue n. 6) gave rise to a lot of interest in the magazine’s readers, who ask how they can help and join our activities. Thank you Donna Moderna and see you all in Lebanon!

January 2011: Lebanon Trust applies for a grant by a major Foundation, that supports projects to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss

The grant will allow improving teachers’ training in deaf education, both at FAID and in refugee camps, and counselling for parents of deaf children.