Al Kafaat means “abilities” in Arabic. The organization nurtures abilities on a number of levels as well as in numerous ways on each of those levels. Here are some of them:
Special Education: http://www.al-kafaat.org/specialeducation.html
Sheltered Employment: http://www.al-kafaat.org/shelteredemployment.html
Business Support and Training for a resourceful transition (B.Start): http://www.al-kafaat.org/supporttoindustry.html
Professional and University Education:
1. Catering http://www.al-kafaat.org/cateringschool.html
2. Vocational/Technical Training (Industrial, Electronic, Automotive, Tourism, the Arts) http://www.al-kafaat.org/vocationaltrainingandtechnicaleducation.html
3. University Education http://www.al-kafaat.org/universityeducation.html
The Catering School’s director, Chef Ramzi, a member of the Al Kafaat Foundation Board of Trustees, put together a cookbook:
The Culinary Heritage of LEBANON
Here is a glowing review by Joumana Accad, on her website Taste of Beirut: http://www.tasteofbeirut.com/2009/05/the-culinary-heritage-of-lebanon-by-chef-ramzi/
His father, Mr. Nadim Schwayri, the founder of Al Kafaat, received the Antonian Gold Medal from his Eminence Metropoitan Philip for his work with people with special needs. Here’s the story, with pictures: http://www.antiochian.org/node/23020
As a former Protestant Evangelical Christian who once assumed that the traditional Christians in the more ancient homelands of the Faith were not very lively in the application of their Christian faith, I see now how wrong I was. I see it in my Parish, the warmth and hospitality of the cradle Orthodox Christians. I am greatly humbled, knowing that I myself am, as St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote, seeking himself to escape the condition, by martyrdom, mostly a ghost- a man of words, lacking depth.
Lord have mercy! Lead me into the land of uprightness, comprehensive in my faith, my life, my deeds, as Your servants at Al Kafaat are comprehensive in their efforts.