Yearly Archives: 2019

Laura thanks her generous friends im 2019

Laura would like to thank all the friends who have supported Lebanon Trust this year

Many generous friends have doonated towards Lebanon Trust’s projects this year. Laura in prticular, together with all the other volunteers, would like to thank:

Anna Galli, Genoa (Italy)
Alessandro Bertolotto & Maria Cristina Ferraro, Genoa (Italy)
Martina Merkle, Zurich (Switzerland)
Family Liverini-Swanström, Zurich (Switzerland), and Albert in particular
Fabio & Marta Cocurullo, Genoa (Italy)
Anna Dal Negro and family, Zurich (Switzerland)
Family Zappavigna, Marina di Massa (MS, Italy)
Elena Prola and family, London (UK)
Milda Cocurullo and family, Genoa (Italy)
Enrico & Lilli Bertolotto, Genoa (Italy)
Family Parodi, Genoa (Italy)
Family Della Penna, Genoa (Italy)
Natale & Carla Ferraro, Genoa (Italy)
Family Devia, Genoa (Italy)
Giorgio Margotti, Livorno (Italy)
Angela Vigna and family, Savona (Italy)
Silvana Falaschini, Livorno (Italy)
Patricia Meade (USA)
Family Fasciolo-Barnabe’ e gli amici di Montaldero, Arquata Scrivia (AL, Italy)
Family Aquini-Alberghini, Arquata Scrivia (AL, Italy)
Family Ricci, Arquata Scrivia (AL, Italy)
Giovanna & Cristina Pellegrini and family, Genoa (Italy)
Catherine & Adrian Poeydomenge-Ruf, Zurich (Switzerland)
Fabio Minotti, Lentate sul Seveso (Milan, Italy)
Chaithra Vishu, India

Visit to the Burj el-Shemali refugee kindergarten

Our visit to the Burj el-Shemali refugee kindergarten (November 2019)

Like every year, we visited the kindergarten of the refugee camp of Burj el-Shemali in Tyre, in the South of Lebanon.  Despite its sourroundings, the kindergarten is an oasis of calm, with clean and brighlty-painted rooms where the children (aged 3 to 5) play and learn to read and write in Arabic and English.

The excellent and super-motivated teaching staff welcomed our visit and, at the end, offered us a wonderful lunch, a veritable Palestinia-style feast.

Thanks to our supporters, we could donate them USD 3000 for teaching material for the children.


The Home of Hope Lebanon

Our visit to the Home of Hope (November 2019)

We visited the Home of Hope, an orphanage that welcomes street and orphaned children. They are setting up vocational training to teach them useful skills, become independent and build their future.

We donated them USD 3000 towards their teaching programmes. Thank you all for your generosity, which enables us to support these worthy causes!

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!

Visit to the Shatila refugee camp, Nov 2019

Visit to the kindergarten of the Shatila refugee camp (November 2019)

The Shatila camp hosts more than 10 thousand people on a surface on approximately 1 square kilometre, an exceptionally high population density. Conditions are really very difficult.

Schooling is provided by the United Nations, except for kindergartens. We at Lebanon Trust support a kindergarten run by our partner Association Najdeh.

Like every year, we visited this kindergarten, and – like every year – we experienced the joy of seeing the teachers, exceptionally motivated and resourceful, and meeting the children, aged between 3 and 5. They sang for us (in English!) and were enchanted by soap bubbles.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to donate USD 3000 to them, towards improvements to the building and the purchase of teaching materials.

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)

Community Foundation of Collier County

A huge thank you to the David & Kathleen Halpin Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, Naples, FL (USA), for their continued support

Once again, a generous donation of USD 1500 will support Lebanon Trust’s charitable projects in favour of the disadvantaged and refugee children of Lebanon. Our deep gratitude and a special thought go to Kathleen and Mick Halpin for their friendship and constant help. We would lke to thank to all staff and members of the Foundation as well.

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!

A fantastic cake sale at Symantec

A fantastic cake sale at Symantec

Our wonderful friends at Symantec in Dublin organised a galactic cake sale – and raised more than EUR 1000 for our projects!

We are speechless and cannot thank them enough for such a wonderful generosity. This is amazing. Your generosity, dear friends, will go a long way to help vulnerable children, refugees and orphans. Thank you, Mick Halpin, Stephanie Derwojed, Fabio Fantino, Tina, Alexandra, and all who participated, from the bottom of our hearts.




To Hell And Back, for a good cause: our bravest friends

To Hell And Back, for a good cause: our bravest friends

A great team of Lebanon Trust’s friends took up the famous – and strenuos -“To Hell And Back”, Ireland’s toughest physical and mental endurance challenge, to raise funds for our charitable projects. Above, team leader Andy Walsh hands over more than EUR 400 to Christy, Lebanon Trust’s chairman.

We thank them deeply & sincerely for the pain and suffering endured for the cause! Thank you brave friends!