In 1917, during World War I, men leaving their wives and children resulted in a terrible famine and the seizure of all widows' homes. When the need for a place to shelter them emerged, some Beirut notables decided to establish the "Islamic Orphanage" in 1922, which began its activities by providing aid and support to mothers and their children in a rented building in the Burj Abi Haidar neighborhood. After the center was demolished, the mayor decided to establish a modern orphanage. It consisted of a central building in a modern and Islamic style, which was opened in 1933, and a side building that included the Forum, which became a center for cultural, intellectual, social and scouting activities in Beirut until 1958.
Within few years, the belonging of the Islamic Orphanage was confirmed and stripped of any affiliation, and people's confidence in it increased, as well as did the number of people seeking its services. Its scope of work expanded to include many social areas, such as education.
Our beneficiaries are the poorest and most needy categories in society, including:
- Orphans and Abandoned Children
- School drop-outs
- Individuals with intellectual difficulties
- Individuals with sensory disabilities (hearing and visual), mobility disabilities
- Individuals and families facing extreme poverty
- Disadvantaged women