LWIS-CiS was founded on the idea that children should be empowered to become productive, empathetic, and effective members of our society. Ultimately, we encourage our students to give back to our local community through volunteer and fundraising initiatives, by partnering with local NGOs and participating in global environmental issues. And in this current catastrophe we are touched to see the initiative of all the young people in Lebanon pulling together to rebuild. Maybe we did something right.
On August 4th, 2020, the explosion that shattered Beirut damaged our school heavily, especially our main listed building which has survived for 140 years through two world wars and a civil war. Most of the traditional antique windows and doors that make up the unique character of our school were blown out of their foundations and damaged extensively. The damage extended from the main reception area, business offices, meeting rooms and library to the upper and lower floors where classrooms are located. Our electrical system was partially damaged as well. Unfortunately, the ongoing economic crisis has made rebuilding a very costly task.
Rehabilitating the school and making the necessary repairs, is estimated at over $100,000.