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Unfortunately, due to an unpleasant circumstance at Transavia, it was not possible for a first delegation to leave  on 31 March, so that the entire group still went to Beirut together on Sunday 3 April.

The group consists of the board members Siem, Bartina, Fred, Bert, Jeannet and Bart Timmermans of Sourceware (Professionals in smart networks and applications).
Objective of the project: To build the infrastructure of a new wireless Wi-Fi network at the college des Soeurs des Saints Coeurs in Beirut.
After a perfect flight with Transavia we arrive in Beirut where our friend and guide Georges Farah is waiting for us with a school bus and two drivers Tony and Elias. We sleep in a monastery this first week and are driven back and forth between the monastery and the school every day.

In short, perfectly arranged.

The most important pallet with the necessary fiber optic cable we sent by plane a few weeks ago and unfortunately has still not been released. That's a thing... it makes it all very exciting whether the project will succeed.
But we decide to roll out the necessary infrastructure in Cat 6 and Cat 6a Data cable. We have all worked very hard and we can say that all (additional) goals have been achieved. It was quite exciting whether the necessary items were released on time, but with a lot of calling, talking and arranging and partly thanks to Sumeya from Containers of love, we succeeded. All items are at school and the basic network has been laid. 4 of the 5 buildings are now equipped with the first access points and wireless WiFi. The employees of the school will do the expansion of it to the various classrooms themselves in the coming period.

The atmosphere was fantastic and from the school we received all cooperation. The nuns take good care of us with good food and drinks.

We got this "job" done together !

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About Veterans for Lebanon


From 1979 to 1985, almost 9,000 Dutchmen, mostly conscripts, contributed to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in southern Lebanon. Now more than 41 years later, this peacekeeping force is still present on the border of Lebanon and Israel.




It is in 2018 when Bert Kleine Schaars organizes a first trip with former Dutch Unifil soldiers. This is possible with the cooperation of, among others, Minister Bijleveld and the airline Transavia, which has just started direct flights from Amsterdam / Beirut.

The second trip with several veterans and their wives or children is in March 2020. It is another great trip through a country that has great poverty and unfortunately also has few options of its own. Only recently have gas and oil fields been found off the coast. In fact, the country is completely dependent on food imports.

Due to the global crises, the country is in bad shape if the Corona strikes there too in March. Medical facilities are coming under even more pressure.

From this group, the idea quickly arises of how help can still be provided and what would be the best way to organize it. If the group in the Netherlands in the Lock down is still working on that thought, something will happen on August 4 that will change everything in that country and in Beirut.

On August 4, 2020, an unprecedentedly heavy explosion destroyed a large part of the Lebanese capital within seconds. The damage is enormous, the human suffering hard to comprehend.

The sad balance: 200 dead, 6,000 injured, 300,000 homeless!


Background and establishment of the foundation


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.