Meet Peace For Lebanon, Inc.
Thirty five years of war and turmoil. Yet "you find no Lebanese beggars on the streets of New York, London, or Paris today". Only through education can we keep it that way....
OUR SOLE BUSINESS IS TO SAVE CHILDREN’S LIVES BY KEEPING THEM OFF THE STREETS AND INVESTING IN THEIR MINDS. IN TODAY’S INFORMATIONAL AND HIGH TECH WORLD, EDUCATION IS A MUST FOR SURVIVAL. EDUCATION WILL TRANSFORM A CHILD INTO A PRODUCTIVE ADULT. OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE THE NEEDY AND GIVE THEM AN EQUAL CHANCE TO LEAD PRODUCTIVE LIVES TOWARD A CONFLICT FREE WORLD.
WHO ARE WE?
More than 25 years ago, Peace for Lebanon was created as a non- profit 501(C)( 3) organization registered in the State of Florida. It is the brain child of a group of mothers in Miami who felt helpless to stop a civil /regional war. Today, twelve ladies from the various cities of South Florida make up the board and conduct fundraising events (luncheons, picnics, galas) every year. Distribution of funds is conducted in Lebanon every summer, by one of the board members assisted by a certified local social worker, in face to face meetings with the families and the schools.
WHO ARE OUR BENEFICIARIES?
As of January 2016,125 students enrolled in seven schools and orphanages located in remote rural villages are receiving half tuition aid, every year. Cost of full tuition ranges between $1, 200 and $1,600- a year. Without our aid, many of these kids would remain on the streets. For the past 27 years, we have schooled thousands of needy elementary students and middle schoolers, enabling them to reach high school and college level education.
WHAT ARE OUR OUTCOMES?
In addition to tuition aid, over 15 schools have been equipped with computer labs; schools and orphanages have been provided with heating fuel, and the school of Bekakafra, the highest inhabited peak of the Middle East, was renovated. (For more details, please see school section)
• Peace for Lebanon is currently schooling 125 needy students enrolled in rural Catholic schools and orphanages in Lebanon, and providing heating fuel for the orphanage of Saint Charbel in Daroun-Harissa, home to 300 kids.
• The median tuition relief amount a beneficiary is awarded is 500 US dollars. That amount covers half of a student tuition fee.
• The possibility of sponsoring the education of a child from our pool of current beneficiaries is available to anyone interested.