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Quaker International Education Trust

A beacon of light in troubled Lebanon

It has been an horrendous year for our Quaker-inspired school community in Lebanon. BHS has been a beacon of light in times of perennial crisis attracting students of all faiths and backgrounds.
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Brummana High School, founded in 1873, is the British School of Lebanon, the last Quaker educational institution in the country. Its diversity of school population and its promotion of tolerance and peaceful resolution have been central to its strengths as a place of academic excellence and pastoral compassion.       

The August 4th explosion in Beirut, which ripped out the heart of the city, rendered 300,000 people homeless and killed and maimed thousands, brought to the attention of the world a country which was floundering amidst a sea of troubles. 

In the past 12 months the Lebanese Lira has lost 90% of its value, inflation is rampant, unemployment runs at 50% and 60% of the population lives below the poverty line. And of course, COVID-19, which has raged out of control in a country which has operated without a government for over a year, has taken its toll on a weary, exhausted, and despairing people. Businesses have closed, schools are physically closed, and those who have had the capacity to leave the country have done so for a better life elsewhere.       

Yet Lebanon is a beautiful place and a jewel in the Middle Eastern crown, once the home of Middle Eastern banking and free enterprise and still a champion of education as a means to prosperity and to success. At the centre of this jewel lies Brummana High School.       

Today it is running a comprehensive education and welfare programme for its 1250 strong population, aged three to 18, continuing to promote its Quaker values and striving to provide for its families who have been hit hardest by all of Lebanon's woes, through its beleaguered, financial aid scheme.

You can assist the school by making a donation which will, however small, help to save the education of a child whose future depends on your generosity. 

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