Project support School
(UPDATE Oktober 28, 2022)

We received an annual subsidy from the City of Deventer in November 2020 to support international projects.
As a result, we as foundation have been able to adopt a large school complex. 
This school (College des Soeurs des Saints Coeurs - Bauchrieh) in east Beirut has +/- 1500 students.

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In Lebanon, education is organized differently than with us, there a child goes to 1 school and goes through the kindergarten, primary and secondary education there, after obtaining his diploma he may be able to continue studying at a university.
As a result of the explosion on 4 August 2020, this school itself has suffered a lot of damage to its 5 school buildings, an amount of almost € 300,000 euros. However, that is not something that we as a foundation can offer a saving hand with. 

But because we believe that children are the future, there are now many opportunities to develop initiatives.


October 7, 2022
Erik, Gerhard, Bartina and I have arrived in Lebanon.
Thanks to our two great drivers Tony and Elie, who drove us safely through chaotic Beirut every day.

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We came back to the school every morning and sometimes back to the monastery in the late evening.
For which we sincerely thank you.

We will sleep in the monastery / hospital of the SSCC Notre Dame in Beirut for the coming week.

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In the coming week we will start with the construction of the 5 fiber optic cable to connect the various switches that will be set up in the 4 buildings.
From the MER-room in building B, 3 fiber optic cables go to various buildings.

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One goes to building A, the second goes to the SER room in building D, finally the last cable goes to building C on the ground floor.
From the SER-room in building D, one fiber optic cable goes to building C on the 2nd floor, where there will also be a switch.
And the last fiber optic cable comes between the switches in building C, namely from the 2nd floor to the ground floor.
We worked hard this week to be able to achieve all the set goals, fortunately the internal person has not been forgotten.

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On Friday the 14th, Bart Timmermans was able to approach the entire network from the Netherlands and this part of the project was successfully completed.

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This does not mean that we are ready, in the container that is now on its way to Beirut there are, among other things, 3 smaller patch cabinets that must be placed in Building A and in Building C.
In addition, a few fiber optic panels will be added, so that the fiber optic cabling can be assembled in the right way.
Friday afternoon we had a visit from the Dutch Ambassador Mr. Hans Peter van der Woude and Lieutenant Colonel Rob Keijzer defense attaché, to view the school project.
This was an opportunity to meet our venerable director Sister Raghida El Asmar and her spokeswoman Marie-JO El Zaïck.
These conversations were recorded by RTV-Oost and are used for a documentary about our foundation. How cool is that.

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August 27, 2022
Bart Timmermans is busy at the school for a full week, to configure the Servers and especially to give Henry and Hagop procedures, instruction and explanations.

July 07,  2022
Latest state of affairs.
In recent months, the school has not been idle and the first TV screens have  been hung.
In addition, the school has installed the necessary infrastructure for the data cabling in various buildings.

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March 31, 2022
The last pallet of last materials sent has been released by customs, so we can.
After many months of preparation and various consultations with the school, the time has finally come, today the three of us, Bart Timmermans, Bartina Vader and the undersigned go to Beirut.
In addition to our standard luggage, we still have about 25 kilos of 'last moment' material with us.
It was actually the intention to send that with a container, but because of the global problems with freight transport, we have now solved it this way.
The plan for the coming week is as follows:
From the EIA room in building B, 3 data cables will go to various buildings.
One goes to building A, the second goes to the SER room in building D, finally the last cable goes to building C on the ground floor.
From the SER room in building D, one data cable goes to building C on the 2nd floor, where there will also be a switch. (unfortunately this cable broke due to drilling work)
And the last datal cable comes between the switches in building C, namely from the 2nd floor to the ground floor.
In addition, we will  set up the Main Equipment Room (MER room) in building B and the Satelite Equipment Room (SER room in building D.

in the coming months, the school itself will take care of the construction of all data calls to the Access points.
From the EIA room in building B, data cables are used for all access points on all floors.
In building A, data cables for all Access Points on all floors will be installed from both switches, and there will also be data cabling for the fixed computers that are located at the administration and in the library.
From the SER room in building D, data cables go to all Access Points and cables go to building E for the Access Points placed there.
And finally, data cables go from the switch in building C to all Access Points on all floors.

Eventually there will be almost 600 meters of fiber optic cabling, 7.5 kilometers of Cat 6 and Cat 6a data cable, 2 pieces of Wi-Fi controllers, more than 170 pieces of Access Points, 2 Core Switches and 3 pieces of other 19" switches.
The school takes care of all 230V power supplies that have to be installed at the various places.

When that is done, the various switches and Wi-Fi controllers are linked to the existing Servers with software.
We also place a computer for the management and maintenance of the Wi-Fi network in the EIA room.
This computer is also used to communicate with the data network from the Netherlands, so that support can be given if requested from the school.

March 20, 2022
A pallet with the fiber optic cabling, 3 pieces 19 inch switches, a complete computer, +/- 40 access Points with mounting brackets, data connectors RJ45 and various other materiaal.
Is delivered today at Schiphol and will be sent by cargo plane to Rafik Hariri International Airport.
We'll just hope that it is released in time by customs so that we can leave on March 31. 

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February 23, 2022
The container containing the hardware for the school's network has been released by customs and arrives at the school (see our weblog)
To the great satisfaction of the teachers and students.
The planned work for the coming months is as follows:
Bart Timmermans of Sourceware will go to the school in the 3rd week of August to set up the school's servers again together with the IT staff.
This can only happen in August because then the school is closed and the data network can be switched off.

Then we (Bartina, Erik Pluut and myself) will return to the school in the first week of October to continue with the construction of the data network.
We will of course carry out this with the employees on site, but we would not be able to achieve this.
A lot has to happen, if the container is on time at least.
We have many materials ready for shipment to the school, over 50 Dell Desktop computers, 5 kilometers data cable, 3 pieces of small patch cabinets, 40 pieces of Cat 6+ Patch panels and 25 pieces of shunting panels.
With these materials we can assemble the data cabling professionally and the various Switches can be placed in closed cabinets.

February 11, 2022
All 4 fiber optic cables will be assembled and made ready for shipment.
Thanks to my colleague (Hakim) Abdelhakim Mourabit Ouariagli, all fiber optic cables were mounted on the LC and SC fiber optic connectors and then measured.

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November 27, 2021
Today the container containing, among other things, the hardware for the school is on its way (see our weblog)
There are HP core switches, Access Points, a Patch Cabinet, 8 pieces of 65 inch TV screens and a lot of other materials that we desperately need when we are going to install.

August 9,  2021

After our visit today, Fred and I came to the following plan during the conversations and the tour of the buildings. It primarily concerns the delivery and construction of the sponsored second-hand hardware such as Access points and computer Switches.  In addition, new fiber optic cabling between the Switches and copper cabling must be installed to all Access points. All second-hand hardware is made available by a University. 
We are now busy working together with the University and the company Sourceware to work out all the plans.
This includes making working drawings for the cabling so preparations can already be started there, such as drilling through floors and walls. Making an inventory of all the necessary equipment and preparing it for shipment to Lebanon.

May 2021
Last spring, in collaboration with the school, we are looking how we can help with the repair or replacement of the data network in the short term.
This data network has been severely damaged by the explosion, and needs repair.
In collaboration with a University and the company Sourceware,  we are investigating whether we can provide the 5 school buildings with a wireless data network by means of Access Points, so that the school gets a functioning data network again.
With this action, the school can move forward again in the coming years.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors:
Without their help and support, this project would never have been possible:

Easy-Shipping,   Sourceware,   Utrecht University,   Dr. Aletta Jacobs College,   CK Tekenbureau,   City of Deventer  and the many donations we received.

You understand that your donation is still very welcome NL64 INGB 0007 6493 55 tnv Action Beirut

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