Shedding the Light on Berrad El Hay’s Mission

LBCI, a Lebanese TV channel, visited Berrad El Hay central kitchen and spoke with our president and founder Nayla El Sayegh who talked about Berrad El Hay initiative for Christmas.

Berrad El Hay volunteers believed that they could make a difference and draw a smile on the face of more than 600 people and make them feel the spirit of Christmas.

Mrs. Nayla said, “I want each family to feel the true spirit of Christmas. We offered a Christmas dinner, which included a roasted turkey with rice and one “Bûche de Noël”.”

With love and joy, Berrad El Hay volunteers celebrated Christmas with the beneficiaries, prepared Christmas lunch, and decorated Saint John’s church in Ashrafieh.

Mrs. Nayla said, “Berrad El Hay initiative started in 2018, with a mission to reduce food waste. Back then, people used to come and put excessive food in our community fridges. The need increased, and today fighting hunger is the responsibility of each one of us. Everyone can donate just one meal which is enough to help each other’s”. 

Nowadays, excessive food is increasing especially during occasions. Amidst poverty and hunger, we are in deep need of such initiatives to make a difference.

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Berrad El Hay Reviving Hope in our neighborhood

RLL Lebanon (Radio Liban Libre) hosted during their show “Fi Amal” our president and founder Mrs. Nayla El Sayegh who talked about the mission of Berrad El Hay. She said, “Berrad El Hay started in 2018 as an initiative anti-food waste, to share the extra food with people in need, in central fridges in Beirut and Jounieh. The number of people benefiting from the Fridge started to increase due to the Lebanese economic crisis, and the idea of Berrad El Hay has shifted from a food waste initiative to a community kitchen, cooking 600 to 800 meals feeding the people in need.“

From an individual initiative to a registered NGO, our beneficiaries do not just benefit from food, but also psychosocial, schooling, and various financial aids, which act as momentum for these people who lost their essential needs. The beneficiary can benefit from all the programs and activities happening at Berrad El Hay, such as support groups, entertaining activities, and medical campaigns. Our program is for around one year, except for old people and abandoned ones, after that, we try to find him a job opportunity at Berrad El Hay kitchen or through our partnerships, Mrs. Nayla explained.

When asked about funding, Mrs. Nayla said, “We have private donors, and we do fundraising campaigns on social media. The last campaign we did was for the lunch boxes, and we have now 3 schools benefiting from 700 lunch boxes for students. This program was fully funded using social media. Until now, Berrad El Hay does not have international donors.

We are now 15 people in the team and with no doubt, the circumstances are very difficult, sometimes we feel like we want to stop and surrender due to all the crises Lebanon is going through.”
Mrs. Nayla also explained about partnering with other organizations. “Since we cannot have a fridge in every neighborhood, we collaborated with trusted parishes and NGOs to reach a maximal number of households in need of food. Our program Meals on Wheels ensures that 200 meals are delivered to our partners, such as Arc-en-ciel, Lebanese Food Bank, Mouvement de la Jeunesse Orthodoxe, Dar El Amal, and other organizations. These organizations benefit from the hot meals and provide us in return with their services.“

The surrounding community and neighborhoods provide us with one-third of the cooked meals.
I believe that Lebanon is a country composed of small-united neighborhoods.

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Let them feel The Magic of Christmas

Let them feel The Magic of Christmas

Berrad el Hay and Krystel El Adem Foundation,

Come together to give 100 Children a magical day on Saturday December 17 at the Christmas Village of Arnaoun.

Lots of activities and surprises await them!

Christmas is not the same without giving and sharing!

Meeting point #1: Berrad El hay,

Mar Youhanna center

Meeting point #2: Fouad Chehab

Be ready at 8 am

Fill Their Lunchboxes Campaign 2022

Revolted by the alarming and sad reality of the increasing number of Lebanese children reported going to school with an empty lunch box, an empty sandwich, or simply an empty stomach, Maman Chocolat, an active member of our growing community of supporters and friends, joins effort with Berrad El Hay to raise awareness, rally people to our cause, engage our community and neighborhoods to be part of the movement. 

Our “Fill their Lunch Boxes” new initiative will ensure that 450 lunch boxes will be delivered every week to 3 schools in our neighborhoods. Berrad El Hay with the help of our community will support this initiative and will prepare healthy and hearty lunch boxes in its central kitchen in Ashrafye. 

Fighting hunger is a community effort! 

Sprinkle Christmas Kindness

It’s that time of the year again!

We gather around all our community, partners, families and friends to sprinkle some Christmas kindness in our neighborhoods.

With the collaboration of Little Melly, our Christmas Campaign Ambassador, we are launching the” Christmas Meal Pledge Promise” to ensure 200  festive meals to our beneficiaries, to share with their families on Christmas Eve.

Share a meal, and Spread the love.

Our young ones are never forgotten!
A Special Day is organized with the support of Krystel El Adem foundation on December 17 at Arnaoun Village. Lots of activities and fun await them. Stay tuned!

Last but not least visit our centers on December 22nd for a special Christmas event!

Christmas is not the same without you celebrating with us! Let’s bring some lights of hope and joy to our neighborhoods!

Let’s celebrate our solidarity.