1 - Who is Makassed
Philanthropic Islamic Association? Who is the current president of the
Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association in
Beirut is a non-governmental non-profit association, devoted to promote the
development of Makassed society members based on high morals and ethics.
Makassed association works within the concepts of the Islam religion, to
promote social development, capacity building, and education for the future
generations. The current president of the Makassed Association is Engineer
Amine Mohammad Al-Daouk. more »
2 - What is the date of
founding of Makassed Association? Who was responsible for its
Makassed Philanthropic Association in Beirut was
established in year 1878, 125 years ago, where Sheikh Abd-Alkader Kabbany - one
of the most prominent intellectuals among Arabs and Muslims at that time - was
the initiator for its establishment. The founding members were: Ahmad Derian,
Badieh Al-Yafy, Bashir Al-Barbir, Hasan Bayhum, Hasan Al-Trabulsy, Hasan
Moharram, Khodr Al-Huss, Raghib Izzeddine, Saed Al-Jundy, Saed Tarabaih, Taha
Al-Nsouly, Abdallah Ghezzawy, Abdel-Kader Sinno, Abd-Allatif Hamadeh,
Abd-Rahman Al-Nehmany, Mohammad Dayya, Mohammad Al-Fakhoury, Mohammad
Al-Lababidy, Mohammad Abou Salim Al-Mogarbel, Mohammad Kharma, Mohammad
Ramadan, Mesbah Moharram, Moustafa Shebaro, and Hashim Al-Jammal.
3 - What does Makassed
Association constitute of? Link to Services
Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association
encompasses the following directorates and departments, namely: A -
Educational Directorate that includes 42 schools. B - Higher Institutes
Directorate encompassing Makassed University with its four institutes:
1 - Makassed Higher Institute of Islamic Studies
2 - Makassed Higher Institute of Nursing
3 - The Higher Institute of Teacher Training
4 - Abdul Hadi Debs Vocational and Technical Center C -
Health Directorate, including Makassed General Hospital and Makassed Communal
Health Care Bureau that directs six dispensaries scattered in the Lebanese
districts. D - Social Affairs Directorate that includes the following
specialized departments: 1 - Department of Religious
Affairs 2 - Makassed Center for Development and
Environment 3 -Youth Voluntary Affairs Department in
addition to the coordination and cooperation with other organizations;
affiliated with Makassed association-the mother association, namely:
1 - Makassed Veterans League in Beirut
2 - Makassed Women's League Association
3 - Makassed Islamic Scout Organization
4 - Makassed Alumni Association E - Directorate of Real
Estate, which deals with the management and organization of Makassed real
estate affairs and Publishing House that focuses on providing Makassed
schoolbooks. more »
4 - What is the "Kitab Al
Fajr Al Sadik", and what does it stand for ?
The "Kitab Al Fajr Al Sadik" is the very first
declaration of the Makassed Association. The declaration includes the mission
statement and goals of the association at the date of its foundation, the names
of the donors who supported Makassed Association - around 1500 people -
who were from the Ottoman governors, and some Muslim and Christian citizens
from Lebanon and Syria.
The best way to support Makassed Association is
through the "Makassed Educational Unit". This unit accounts for $ 380 U.S.
Dollars annual support for each Makassed student. For further contact, please
call this number: 9611700506, or Email:
6 - What is the goal of this
"Makassed Educational Unit" ? How many units does Makassed Association need
The goal of initiating this unit is to cover the
annual financial deficit in the balance sheet of the Educational Directorate.
To achieve this goal, Makassed Association needs 14000 units annually. more »
7 - Are the Makassed
educational services restricted to Beirut City ?
Makassed Educational Services now covers all the
Lebanese districts. This is provided through 38 elementary and middle schools
outside Beirut city, distributed in Bekaa, North, South, and Mount Lebanon
Mohafazats, and teaching English and French in addition to the Arabic language.
8 - Did Makassed Association
spread its activities outside the Lebanese territory?
Yes, Makassed Association established an office
in Washington City named "Makassed Foundation of America". This office was
initiated in 1999 by a group of Makassed graduates to support the image of
Makassed Association abroad.
10 - What are the degrees
provided by the Makassed Higher Institute of Nursing?
institute offers the following degrees: 1 - The Bachelor of Science degree
in Nursing (B.S.): offered to the Official Bacc. II holders after passing 3
years of study in the institute, and allows graduates to practice in the
nursing field, teach in nursing, or apply to the Master degree. 2 - The
Baccalaureate Technique (B.T.) in Nursing care: offered to the Official Brevet
holders after 3 years of study; thus, allowing the graduate to practice a
nursing career, or apply to the B.S. degree. 3 - The Practical Nurse
Degree: which is offered to the School Brevet holders after one year of study,
whereby the graduate could apply to the B.T. degree also. more »
11 - What are the services
offered by Makassed General Hospital ?
Makassed General Hospital is an academic
developed hospital that was established in 1930. It includes 200 patient's
beds, served by around 125 specialized doctors, 322 nurses, and 353
administrative employees. Makassed Hospital is characterized - in addition
to providing the medical services in various specialties; internal medicine,
pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology,
pathology, and outpatient clinics; - by the establishment of the
following elaborate specialized centers, namely: - Bone Marrow
Transplant Center which is the first in Lebanon. - Comprehensive
specialized center for Coronary Diseases and Surgery, with an Intensive Care
Unit. - Laboratory and Blood Bank. - Providing the
services of the Emergency Department on 24-hour basis. more
12 - Does Makassed General
Hospital have cooperation protocols with other institutions ?
Yes, Makassed General Hospital cooperates with
the American University of Beirut, Beirut Arab University, and the Lebanese
University for medical training in general medicine and several specialties.
Furthermore, the hospital coordinates academically with the medical center in
Lille French University, and for research aspects with Gustave Rossy Institute
in Paris in addition to other international institutions. Also, Makassed
General Hospital is a member in the European Society for Bone Marrow Transplant
14 - Does Makassed
Philanthropic Association in Beirut have other organizations affiliated to it ?
Yes, Makassed Philanthropic Association in
Beirut has several specialized organizations affiliated to it, namely:
* Makassed Alumni Association * Makassed Women's
League Association * Makassed Veterans League in Beirut
* Makassed Islamic Scout Organization more »
15 - Did Makassed
Association win awards on the international basis ?
The international awards won by Makassed
Philanthropic Association in Beirut are: - The international Painting Award
"Peace helps us grow". - The song titled "The Sun of Peace" presented by
students from Omar Al-Khattab Elementary School was the first prize winner of
the international award for peace in Hiroshima City, Japan.
16 - What are the criteria
differentiating the personality of Makassed student from others ?
Makassed student is a Lebanese citizen who is
proud of his nationality and Arabic identity; and abides with the rules of the
Islamic religion. He is open minded, understands and accepts others
regardless of their race, religion or political beliefs; characterized by self
confidence, creativity, independency and freedom of thought, and follows the
continuous scientific and technological updates. more »
17 - What does education in
Makassed schools cost ?
Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association
offers free education - with only nominal yearly registration fee required - in
most of its elementary schools, since this concept of free education is
embedded in Makassed mission statement. As for the intermediate and secondary
stages, education is offered through a subsidized reduced fee structure that
could be afforded by average families. Students from poor families or suffering
from financial hardship are exempted from fees through the school grant system.
In addition, Makassed association awards special students through the exemption
of fees up till their graduation.
18 - What is the role of
Makassed Association in the Islamic Society ?
Makassed Association established fixed centers
in the rural districts allocated for teaching and memorizing of the holy Koran;
in addition to the regular religious education in schools, and annual contests
in memorizing and accurate reading of Holy Koran. more »
19 - What is the Makassed
Alumni Association ? What is its role ?
Makassed Alumni Association gathers graduates
from different Makassed schools. It was founded in 1929, and concentrates on
the organization of philanthropic, cultural, and recreational activities that
supports Makassed Association.
20 - What is Makassed
Women's League Association ? What is its role ?
Makassed Women's League Association is a women
organization that was established in 1980. The organization depends on the
voluntary effort of the women members to promote the situation of women,
children, and the deprived families. This is implemented through different
supportive activities in Makassed schools, hospital, and social health centers.
One of its continuous projects are "Winter clothes for Beirut and rural
Makassed school students", and "Financial support to patients in Makassed
hospital, and organizing recreational activities for them".
21 - What is the Makassed
Veterans League? What is its role ?
The Union of Old Makassed Members in Beirut
established in 1996, is a union that gathers old Makassed employees to ensure
continuous communication and support between them. For that goal, it provides
for the members a social cultural club, a newsletter, and recreational and
22 - What is Makassed
Islamic Scout Organization? What is its role ?
Makassed Islamic Scout Organization was founded
in 1981, to support the educational mission, and the social - familial life for
the achievement of sound national upbringing for our children and youth.
23 - What are the services
provided by Makassed Communal Health Care Bureau ?
Makassed Communal Health Care Bureau offers
integrated health services, varying from primary health care to diagnostic
surveys and outpatient health programs through Makassed Social Health Centers.
In addition to that, these centers participate in the national vaccination, and
health awareness campaigns. The most important programs of the bureau are the
School Health Program, and the Literacy Program. more
24 - What is the list of
Makassed Social Health Centers ?
- Al-Horsh Social Health Center - Dispensary
of Hamad Mosque - Al-Bashoura Social Health Center - Dispensary of
Salim Salam Mosque - Al-Ta'akhi and Al-Ihsan Medical Center - Kafar
Hamam Social Health Center
25 - What are the services
provided by Makassed Center for Development and Environment ?
Makassed Center for Development and Environment
works on spreading environmental education and awareness to all categories of
the society, with special concentration on school students who represent the
future generation; and encouraging society members to actively participate in
the implementation of practical environmental projects. This is done through
practical activities and projects, with the general goal of positively changing
people's attitude and action towards the preservation of environment and its
natural resources. The most important programs of the center are Awareness
about Sorting of Paper Waste, Environmental Activities and Clubs in Makassed
Schools, Programs of Tarik El-Jadida Center for Urban Development. more »
26 - What are the services
provided by Tarik El-Jadida Center for Urban Development?
Tarik El-Jadida Center for Urban Development was
established with a financial support from the Urban Management Program-United
Nations Development Program. It is an environmental-social center with the
concept of partially solving the problem of residential solid waste through
sorting from the source, and recycling. Furthermore, the center concentrates on
women capacity building through offering artistic training courses on the
techniques of environmentally friendly handcrafts that depend on the on the
reuse of the sorted solid waste as raw material. In addition to that, the
center organizes an Awareness and Advocacy Program for Women, and a Children
Nursery. Tarik El-Jadida Center for Urban Development governs four major
programs: 1 - Women Participation in Urban Management
Program 2 - Awareness and Advocacy Program 3 -
Environmental Youth Voluntary Program 4 - Children Nursery
Program more »
28 - What is the list of
Mosques owned or directed by Makassed Association ?
Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association owns
or directs the following Mosques, namely: Al-Arab mosque - Al-Horsh District,
Abi Bakr Al-Siddik Mosque - Kantary District, Khalil Shehab Mosque - Ras Beirut
District, Salim Salam Mosque - Borj Abi Haidar District, The Islamic Center in
Al-Khachekgy Mosque - Kaskas District, The Islamic Center in Ba'aleshmayh
Mosque - Bhamdoun District, The Islamic Center in Sibnayh Mosque - Al-Hadath
District. In addition to the social congregations where religious and cultural
activities are organized; and they are Khalil Shehab Congregation, Salim Salam
Congregation, Ba'aleshmayh Congregation, Sibnayh Congregation, and Abd Al-Naser
Congregation. more »
29 - What is the social role
of the Youth Voluntary Affairs Department ?
The Youth Voluntary Affairs Department
concentrates on the development of the volunteering concept. This is done
through the development of Makassed Student's personality and training on
social services through voluntary activities and programs. This training on
voluntary service for the secondary students would be crowned by their offer of
a set of social service hours as an obligatory criterion for graduation.
30 - What are the
specialties and degrees offered in Abdul Hadi Debs Vocational and Technical
Abdul Hadi Debs Vocational and Technical Center
currently offers the B.T. and T.S. degrees, in addition to the organization of
specialized condensed courses in several technical specialties. The
specialties offered through the B.T. degree are: Accounting and Informatics,
Electronics, Industrial Mechanics, Air Conditioning, Interior Design, and
Electricity. The specialties offered through the T.S. degree are:
Electronics, and Graphic Design. It is planned in the near future to open
new specialties, such as Administrative Informatics and Accounting Experts in
the T.S. degree; and to establish the L.T. degree program with the following
specialties: Electronics, Administrative Informatics, Accounting Experts, and
Graphic Design. more »
31 - What is the
difference between philanthropy and charity ?
Charity was the old concept of offering direct
financial aid and care for the needy individuals. But this concept elaborated
and developed along the years, whereby the concept of charity is only used
during emergency crisis. Nowadays, the concept of philanthropy more
describes the role of non-governmental organization encompassing the
developmental mission statements and goals and tools of implementation; thus,
providing capacity building to the beneficiaries to achieve independency on the
long run. Through this developmental concept, Makassed association works
and offers services to their fellow beneficiaries.