Salima - 1957

The Mission of Al-Kafaàt starts in 1957 when Nadeem Shwayri starts a Catering School for young girls who came from socially challenged circles, at the Convent of Our Lady of the Apostles in the village of Salima (Mount-Lebanon). This location was badly hit during the war on Lebanon, and the Catering School thus had to be moved to another location for security reasons. The Convent still exists, but the Catering School of Al-Kafaàt is now in Mansourieh.

Achrafieh (Karm el Zeytoun) - 1963

The Al-Kafaàt Mission took a decisive role in 1963 when Nadeem Shwayri opened production workshops in a humble neighborhood, with the objective of only employing adults with special needs to produce leather goods. These workshops produced handbags, slippers, wallets and poufs, all in leather, and sold them internationally. From the returns, Al-Kafaàt produced prosthetics, orthotics and support equipment to people with special needs.

Lily Shwayri Center - 1971

Originally planned to accommodate the successful leather workshops from the rented apartments in Achrafieh, the Lily Shwayri Center also hosted the first mainstreamed school for polio victims and the physically challenged. The Center was also the home of the very first workshop in Lebanon that produced prosthetics and orthotics, as well as the first rehabilitation unit in Lebanon to provide physical therapy. The Center was severely damaged during the Lebanese civil war, and it was occupied a number of times and vandalized at every occasion. Restored for the final time in 1992, the Campus hosts today various rehabilitation and medical services for folks afflicted with developmental disorders.

Our Lady’s Center - 1981

Originally built to provide residential facilities and special education programs to children with mental handicaps, the Center then became the home of the Al-Kafaàt Academic School, NDK (Notre Dame de Kafaàt). The School is a pioneer in integrating children with challenges. Notre Dame also hosts specialized schools where tailor-made programs are developed by special educators for the hard-of-hearing and slow learners.

The Village Rehabilitation Campus- 1983

Located in Saki-el-Hadath, the Campus is dedicated to delivering sheltered employment for adults with mental challenges, autism and cerebral palsy. Because of the terrible years of the war, the Campus took years to be completed. Its construction started in 1979, but the Campus did not become operational before 1983. Occupied and partially destroyed during the war, today the Campus hosts a string of sheltered workshops as well as residential facilities for adults with mental challenges, autism and cerebral palsy.It also houses the Myriam Center I that delivers pre-vocational special education to children with light intellectual disability and Down syndrome and aged between 5 and 15 years.

Myriam Center II - 1986

At a close vicinity to the Village Center, the Myriam Center was originally built and made operational during the most difficult years of the war. With the increasing demands to the services of the Foundation, new spaces are always needed. The Center delivered up until 2016 pre-vocational special education to children with intelligence handicaps and Down syndrome and aged between 5 and 15 years. As of 2016, the original center which became known as Myriam Center II moved to a new building at the Village Rehabilitation Campus. The space has then been renovated and renamed Myriam Center II where it now welcomes adults with severe and profound intellectual disability.

The Catering School - 1990

The original catering School of Salima was relocated to its current location in Mansourieh, and has expanded to house laboratories, classes, kitchens and workshops. It delivers vocational training and technical education in the various fields of catering. Open to the public, the School operates a training restaurant and a catering service.

The AL-KAFAAT Campus - 1993

The Al-Kafaàt Campus houses the AL-KAFAAT University (AKU) and the AL-KAFAAT Technical Institute (ITK). Located in Ain-Saade, the Campus spreads over an area of 60,000sq.m. and delivers education and training in a variety of sectors and specializations. The Campus also hosts residential facilities.

Beit El Adra - 2003

Home to 450 residents with handicaps, the Center is a two-building complex with a connecting underground tunnel, accounting for a total of 20 floors. Beit El Adra also houses the Specialized Residences for entirely dependent adults with special needs who have nowhere else to go and who require full-time services, care and respect. The Center also delivers out-patient therapeutic services (physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapies, water therapies) and hosts out-patient clinics for the neighboring communities in Hadat and Bourj el Brajneh. It also welcomes the Myriam Club that delivers free day-care services and a hot meal to the Seniors of the neighborhood. The Center also provides a state-of-the-art swimming pool for rehabilitative purposes and hosts the Foundation’s prosthetics and orthotics production workshops.