About Lebanon on Wheels
Help make a difference by donating now and supporting Lebanon on Wheels IV !
Lebanon on Wheels is a fundraising initiative that aims to provide education to disabled friends in Lebanon. Founded in 2015, it is now in its fourth year.
Lebanon on Wheels IV has the potential to bring a life-changing opportunity to four of our friends, Moussa, Yamen, Joewy and Oussama. These young boys live in Deir el Salib, a home for handicapped people run by the Sisters of the Cross in Beirut, Lebanon.
Our aim is to provide them with lessons given by a special ‘in-house tutor’ who will come directly to their home, as their limited mobility prevents them from joining their peers.
To achieve this, Lebanon on Wheels is back and needs your help ! This year, two teams will be undertaking a relay, cycling from Latvia to Athens. Mivida Bou Assi, Alexandra Lichaa and Diane Moussa will be kicking things off in Latvia before handing over the Lebanon on Wheels to Teresa la Rosee and Philippa Solf who will then cycle over the alps, along the Adriatic coast throughout August until Athens.
The hope is that the physical challenge will engender support from friends, families and all those who hear about the boys’ situations. The journey entails spending over two months on bicycles with a distance of approximately between two and a half to three thousand kilometers.
Moussa, Yamen, Joewy and Oussama aren´t given the care or support which they deserve. The homes have few public funds at their disposal and as a consequence most of the institutions are overcrowded and have trouble finding suitable personnel. The nuns and caretakers work with huge amounts of love, endless energy and ensure that the key elements of day to day life are accomplished (feeding, washing, diaper changing and so on). They make us look like amateurs.
Moussa, Yamen, Joewy and Oussama are just some of the boys whom we wish to help thanks to your help. These four boys have limited mobility and as such aren’t able to go to school outside of the home as their mobility is restricted. This makes their everyday life more difficult and they are not given the chance they might otherwise have.
Our aim is to provide a specialized ‘in-house teacher’ who will be able to come to the home of Deir el Salib and provide tailored schooling. Following the ways in which we were able to help out our friends Toufic, Abbas and Ahmad, we would like to extend the project by providing education to our friends who are unable to leave the home of Deir el Salib. The school, Notre Dame de la Tendresse, is not able to provide caretaking for the students, therefore those who are in a wheelchair or need special care cannot be taken to the school.
Following the very positive feedback we received from the teachers, the sisters and the caretakers about the development of the school boys we want to give more members of the home of Deir el Salib the possibility to develop their potential.
Moussa, Yamen, Joewy and Oussama are boys with lots of potential and talent. At their age, they are capable of learning a huge amount and need to benefit from a tailored education. This chance must not be taken away from them due to a lack of funding. Thanks to your donation, not only the childhood but the whole life of our friends can be greatly improved.