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"Brummana High School (BHS) lies 735 metres above Beirut, It was started when the Swiss missionary, Theopholus Waldermier moved there in 1873. He opened training schools for both boys and girls.

"Local Lebanese became Quakers and formed Brummana Monthly Meeting whose connection to Quakers worldwide, and particularly UK were a major resource for staff and curriculum. A beautiful Meeting House is one of the School’s buildings. Today there is a small Quaker community supporting the school, particularly through membership of the Governing Board and as trustees and staff."

The headmaster for the better part of the last decade is Mr David Gray. He spoke to us during a whirlwind speaking tour, raising awareness of the importance of having Quaker schools in West Asia-North Africa, in an area we know as the Middle East. Please listen to his talk below, and respond with any help you can give.

November 11th, 2022
Brummana High School, Beirut, Lebanon

Dear Susanna,

It was a pleasure to visit the United States recently and to be able to visit so many places and give presentations about Brummana High School and the plight of Lebanon in the space of a few days.

I am very grateful to you indeed for attending my talk on the nature and needs of the school which remains a beacon of hope for the people of Lebanon in what is an otherwise bleak and unfriendly landscape.  I returned here to the prospect of outbreaks of cholera in the country, the consequences of a collapsed infrastructure which has caused drinking water to become infected.  However, education continues unabated and our young people lap it up to assuage their thirst. 

If you decide to support us your contribution will not only materially help us to ensure that successful education continues at Brummana High School, it will also provide us with hope.  I hope you can keep our light glowing.

If you would like to donate to our cause you can do so by going to

Yours sincerely,


David Gray

November 18th, 2022
Brummana High School, Beirut, Lebanon

Dear Susanna,

Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it greatly. We are in need of teachers, especially in Mathematics and we are currently short of a librarian. Skilled, experienced people are most welcome to apply for voluntary positions in which we would provide accommodation and meals and a little pocket money.

I am grateful to you for all that you are doing. God bless you. Have a good day.



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