Brummana High School
Support Brummana High School, the only Friends school in Lebanon.
The school is currently facing one of the most extreme financial periods in its 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.
With the devaluation of the Lebanese Lira, and the school’s commitment to families to receive fees paid in the local currency, the value of supporting with foreign currency is exponential, as pledges generate a far larger impact than they would otherwise.
FINANCIAL AID: Many school families are in a critical situation resulting from the crippling economic downturn. With unemployment at over 50% nationwide, social and political instability and the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns, making sure their children can continue to receive a high-quality education is an ever-growing challenge for many parents. Brummana High School, a Quaker international school established in Lebanon in 1873, would like to ensure no student is left behind during these most desperate times.
TEACHERS & SUPPORT STAFF: The school has opened a special fund to support our brilliantly committed teachers, administrators and other support staff. The World Bank Lebanon Economic Monitor report in June stated the country is in possibly the “Top 3” worst economic crises since the 1850s. An example of what this means practically is teachers spending nearly all their income on fuel to get to and from school. Shopping and providing for their families, with the devaluation of salaries and savings and 600%+ inflation, is unimaginably difficult. Just being able to put food on the table is a relief, even more so with many being the only family left in employment. Support means employees can at least feel some respite from all the hardships.
OTHER APPEALS: The school also welcomes support for maintaining and updating school programmes and facilities via the Capital Fund. This year the only capital project is an essential revamp of school libraries. Donors are also able to give an Unrestricted donation, allowing the school to allocate to where most needed.
Through an agreement between Friends United Meeting (FUM) and the Quaker International Educational Trust (QuIET), FUM receives tax-deductible contributions from US taxpayers for the benefit of Brummana High School, and QuIET does the same for UK taxpayers for the benefit of Ramallah Friends School. Donations made through this page will result in an IRS tax-deductible receipt from Friends United Meeting. If you are a UK taxpayer, please donate here instead, to take advantage of UK Gift Aid. Donors from all other countries are welcome to use this page or to give directly through the school's donations page.