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.
Livestream prayer starting Sunday 22-03-2020 05:30 p.m.
|Invitation to Prayer amidst of the coronavirus-crisis|
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.
|Hermits like Nicholas to fight the virus|
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.
|Annual report 2019|
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.
Read the whole message of peace:
Message of peace FdL 2020 (PDF)
Dear friends, patrons and supporters – Dear SLS family
The board would like to thank you for all valuable contacts, discussions and meetings in 2019. We are very happy that we can count on a large circle of friends.
We wish everyone happy, peaceful holidays and all the best for the new year 2020!
Your SLS board