First Week Of Hope
Friends - Meike and I have just finished our first week working for Basmeh & Zeitooneh. We are excited to be working here. May I share with you some highlights?
- On my first day, Tuesday, I received an e-mail from Marieka Brosman - the CEO of the Asfari
Foundation and one of our donors. She said and I quote: "Deep breath and smile - you are
surrounded by very capable people in an organisation that is one of the most successful Syrian
organisations in Lebanon so I am sure they will guide you". She is right. You should all be very proud
of what you have built - but I want to particularly praise Fadi Hallisso.
- On Wednesday, Reem Al-Haswani, Arz Alam and myself went to visit the new school in Majdal
Anjar. This is a spectacular building. I attach a photograph. The school will open for registration on
- On Friday we briefed the donors of the new school: the Germany-based Rotary Club. Roula Al-
Homsi created a report about the summer school. One sentence stood out:"Even though the majority
of the students enrolled as illiterate, by the end of the project, they were able to graduate with a
minimum standard of reading and writing". What amazing impact!
- And one low point. I am now driving Fadi's car. Nothing in my life has prepared me for driving in
Beirut. The journey from Furn Al-Chebak to our flat should take 15 minutes. In my case it takes well
over an hour because I get lost in the one-way streets. When I find a parking place it feels like a
miracle. Sometimes I forget where I have parked the car and Meike and I spend half an hour walking
around the streets looking for it. Things can only get better.
In the next few weeks I would like to meet as many of you as I can. Thank you for the work that you
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- Nabaa Abu Samra Al-Qibbeh Shatila Bar Elias Bourj al-Barajneh
- Related Programs:
- Relief Shelter Renovation Women’s Workshop Small Grants Vocational Training Protection Peace Education Non-Formal Education Arts and Cultural Center Future Together Now Information Hub Media Training Center Advocacy Game Community Renovation