At the extraordinary General Meeting of 18 September 2020 five new members were elected to the SLS committee. Nabih Yammine, the founder of SLS, well-known and recognised by all the friends and partners of the association, was unanimously re-elected for a further term.
Ms. Christine Thomi, a young retiree, lives in Lausanne. She has worked for 25 years as an educator and director of an early childhood institution. Today she accompanies people with life difficulties.
Dr. Andreas Barth is employed as a deacon in Lichtensteig in the diocese of St. Gallen. He is trained as a coach/coach and is responsible, among other things, for the pastoral care of the disabled and deaf.
Dr. Stephan Rothlin is originally from the canton of Schwyz and lives in Macau where he directs the Ricci Institute of Macau at the Saint Joseph University of Macau. He is a lecturer specialised in business ethics at the UIBE (University of International Affairs and Economics) in Beijing.
Father Nikodem Röösli lives in the Capuchin monastery in Schwyz. He has been engaged – among many other functions – for many years in the pastoral care of workers.
Mr. Franz Bachmann is retired and lives in Goldau, Canton Schwyz, with his wife and two daughters. He has many years of professional experience as an accountant in the financial administration of several companies.
Mr. Nabih Yammine lives in Oberdorf near Stans in Canton Nidwalden.
The assembly, on behalf of SLS and all its members and partners, expresses its gratitude for the commitment of the three committee members who are leaving us after many years of great voluntary work: Armin Gruber, Matthias Senn and Adrian Gander. Without them the successes of the last few years would not have been possible. The whole of SLS thanks them warmly!
Even before the disaster on 4 August, Solidarité-Liban-Suisse had already begun to help its partners in the country to provide support for families in need. Between May and early August alone, 327 families in need received aid in the form of food parcels and essential medicines. The money for this came from our reserve funds. We will continue to provide emergency aid to particularly hard-hit families in the coming months and hope to be able to expand this assistance even further.
The serious crisis in Lebanon today affects all the people who live there, not just the poorest among them. The catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut on 4 August shook the country at a time when the people needed hope rather than another blow of fate. In the field of school education, for example: especially in these last few months, many brave and energetic men and women have been working to prepare the schools, which have been closed since the Corona pandemic, for the new school year. They did this despite the economic hardship, the pandemic and the galloping inflation.
Solidarité-Liban-Suisse is in close contact with its partner schools in Lebanon and will again support children and young people from disadvantaged and suffering families in the new school year by providing financial assistance for school fees.
We are also currently clarifying how we can support those of our partner schools in and around Beirut which were damaged by the explosion on August 4th.
Father Marco Dania from St. Nicholas Parish in Lugano calls upon all believers to pray God and to ask for intercession by the patron saint of Switzerland Nicholas in this time of utter distress caused by the Corona pandemy.
SLS presents the 2019 annual report, which has been designed in a new form.
The first part is dedicated to our main project, the educational scholarships. The second part contains information on further SLS projects and the third part contains an update on the «CPP – Cercle pour la Paix».
Many texts in the 2019 annual report are deliberately kept short, further and detailed information can be found here on our website.
The SLS Board wishes you lots of fun reading.
Thanks to a large amount of voluntary work on Friday and Saturday, the 2019 annual report could be sent promptly to our over 800 friends and donators.
Many thanks to all helpers!
A moving sign of solidarity towards this country in its current heavy economic and political turmoil has been given by youth from Lichtensteig (SG). As tradition wants, children dressed up as the Magi go from house to house singing carols. Giordano Barth who recently visited multiconfessional and yet tolerant Lebanon accompanied the children on their tour and provided first-hand testimony. The handsome amount of collected 2’500 Fr. will be transferred to Solidarity Lebanon-Switzerland.
FOYER DE LA LUMIERE / SOLIDARITY LEBANON SWITZERLAND (SLS)
In the 15th year of the partnership between the Foyer de la Lumière and Solidarity Lebanon-Switzerland, we are pleased that, despite great difficulties, we were able to continue our task faithfully. SLS is dedicated to providing educational scholarships to young people in need of education and knowledge, and Foyer de la Lumière takes care of education and reintegration programs for the young people who have been perpetrators and victims of delinquency. It is as it were the two wings of the dove which symbolize the commitment to peace. The dove of peace can also be found in the logo of the joint mission of SLS and Foyer de la Lumière in Lebanon.