The explosion of August 4, 2020 in Beirut is the direct reason for the establishment of the VVL foundation, veterans for Lebanon.
August 12, 2020
At the initiative of Bert Kleine Schaars, the campaign 'Veterans help Beirut' is being set up together with the Veterans Institute and the Foundation for the Support of Veterans Activities (OVA).
August 14, 2020
Bert Kleine Schaars is a guest in the TV program Een Today, where he gets the opportunity to draw attention to the action.
September 22, 2020
Intermediate position of the aid campaign: more than € 20,000.
September 29, 2020
Establishment of the 'Foundation VVL, veterans for lebanon'.
Board members of the foundation
- Bert Kleine Schaars
- Jeannet Kleine Schaars
- Fred van der Ploeg
- Janos Loczi
- Siem Kersten
Objective of the foundation
- Promoting the friendships of the Dutch with Lebanon and Lebanese;
- Promoting knowledge of the archaeological riches of Lebanon in the Netherlands;
- Promote Lebanon as a country and travel destination;
- Supporting the preparation and guidance of UNIFIL veterans on return trips;
- Supporting targeted aid actions to offer support and/or relief goods for or in Lebanon.
In collaboration with Containers of Love, we as a foundation are still committed to sending relief supplies to Beirut with the help of our sponsors. Every transport means a lot of arrangements and, in addition to careful planning, requires targeted supervision of the execution. Because we want to be sure that the containers not only arrive, but also that all relief supplies on site find their way to the planned final destination as quickly as possible. Given the current circumstances in Lebanon, this is a challenging operation.
Several dozen containers have now been successfully shipped. But many more transports will be needed. This is not possible without financial and material support. In that regard, we would like to make an urgent appeal to you and to companies that want to contribute to the reconstruction of the city of Beirut and to that beautiful country full of potential, which Lebanon was and is!
Help is urgently needed! On behalf of the people of Lebanon: THANK YOU!
See also our weblog above for the current state of affairs.