Lebanon: “La Salle for Beirut” Appeal will provide educational support to students.

The Solidarity and Development Secretariat of the De La Salle Christian Brothers launched a worldwide appeal to assist students at three Lasallian schools affected by the explosions in Beirut. 

August 4, 2020 was a day of horror for the residents of Beirut.  A devastating explosion, hyper-fueled by the combustion of very large ammonium nitrate stockpiles, exploded violently in the city’s seaport, injuring more that 6,500 people. The explosion, which was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, was heard in Cyprus more than 160 mi away. It is considered to be one of the most powerful non-nuclear explosions in history.  The Provincialate and three Lasallian schools in the city center, Collège Notre Dame, École Saint Vincent de Paul, and Collège Sacré-Cœur – Frères Gemmayzé were severely damaged. The latter school, being closer to the port suffered the greatest impact.

Emergency funding from friends, foundations, and alumni to restore our operations was extraordinarily impressive.  As of mid-February 2021, the Lasallian solidarity network, which includes contributions form La Salle International, was able to raise $1,806,678.97 in support.  These funds went to the reconstruction of the three blast-affected schools and also provided emergency humanitarian support to the citizens of Lebanon.

Currently, a few minor repairs remain, but the schools are almost fully functional.  As part of the national program for evaluating student performance, our students were able to sit for their national exams in the newly renovated classrooms.  

Many of the families who send their children to the schools are experiencing severe financial challenges.  For some of the families, repairs to their houses demand their financial resources. For other families, their source of income has been lost due to businesses closing and workers being laid off.

To help ease the burden of these impoverished families, a student scholarship fund is being established.  The funds from this appeal will help support Lasallian students who are attending the three Lasallian schools.

You can join with La Salle International to assist these families by donating below.

 (Secure and safe credit card donations made be made below.  Checks in support of this campaign may be sent to La Salle International, 415 Michigan Avenue NE, Suite 300, Washington DC 20017-4501.  Contributions are tax-deductible.)

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