Four categories of donation appeals have been established at Brummana High School (BHS): the first representing an emergency or ad hoc appeal, at this time the Beirut explosion and supporting BHS families affected; and the other three being permanent funds.
Beirut Explosion – Support for BHS Families Affected
Tuesday, August 4th will be etched on Lebanese memories forever, with the catastrophic explosion and aftermath so unbelievable and so tragic. So far over 200 people have died, with many still missing and unaccounted for, over 6,000 have suffered injuries and over 350,000 have been made homeless due the devastating impact of the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploding in Beirut’s port area just after 6:00pm. Local and international donors and organisations have been offering much valuable support since the event, and the way the community in Lebanon has pulled together and risen to the challenge of dealing with the aftermath has been truly remarkable. Many BHS families have been affected, with homes or businesses in the wide blast zone, and we hope to be able to support them in continuing their children’s education at the school. By donating to this appeal, each donor is confirming assistance for the educational needs of families impacted by the August 4th blast. So far, just over 30 generous donors have given a total of $18,500 in support. Our goal is $50,000 and with a target of 100 donors participating. This fund will close at the end of December 2020.
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Lebanon and Lebanese families are currently going through some of the most severe times in the country’s history. On top of the social, political and economic crises came Covid-19 and the ever-increasing health crisis. As if that wasn’t enough, the events on August 4th in Beirut and its aftermath have rocked the population to its core. The economic crisis has left 50% unemployed, seen the Lebanese Lira lose 80% of its value and rapid inflation has pushed prices for regular goods and services out of reach of the majority. In September 2019, 33% of the local population were considered to be below the poverty line and just eight months later in April that figure had already risen to 50%. Many BHS families have been affected and now require support to meet the educational needs of their children. By supporting the Bursary Fund, you will directly ensure BHS students can continue with the quality education provided at the school. The Fund supports families on a rolling, means-tested scale with tuition fees each year.
Capital Development Projects
The school is currently facing one of the most extreme financial periods in hits near-150-year history. The economic crisis that has gripped the country, with the devaluation of the currency, rising unemployment and dramatically inflated prices for local and imported goods and services, means the school is struggling despite substantial cost savings and will once again operate with a budget deficit. In order to continue to provide BHS students with the high quality, holistic education the school is renowned for, some capital development projects are deemed essential yet the school does not currently have the financial capabilities. By supporting the Capital Fund, you will be ensuring campus facilities including technology are at the standard one can expect from one of the leading international schools in the country and region. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the potential for further online learning to be necessary, donors supporting this appeal could also be helping to bolster the school’s IT capabilities in this regard.
The school is going through unprecedented times and facing unprecedented challenges. By selecting this unrestricted donation option, you are committing your support wherever the school sees it being best utilised, and at the school’s discretion. This may be to support bursaries, emergency appeals, property developments, IT upgrades or any other element the school may deem it most appropriate to fund. Following the school’s allocation of an unrestricted donation, each donor receives an update on where their support was applied.