Since 1976, AFEL is an association working for the protection, the education and the insertion of children growing up in a challenged family, children with nothing or nobody to look up to, children who’s parents failed to raise in a loving environment. Often facing abuse, delinquency, struggling with learning and communication, AFEL’s children are on survival mode.

Securing funds to sustain their education, protection, shelter, therapy, nutrition, health is the biggest challenge.

Until today, AFEL has restored more than 5,000 children, giving entire generations the means to become autonomous and responsible adults.

AFEL is the Winner of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Prize in Lebanon 2018, awarded by the Ghazal Foundation for Education, Research and Peace in Lebanon.

Caring and catering for more than 500 children living on the edge, can seem like trying to climb a mountain. One of the most difficult one.

In April 2019, Ghassan Hajjar, a Lebanese athlete, attempted to climb Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.

This was his fourth summit after Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Elbrus in Russia and Aconcagua in Argentina.

Ghassan is known for his extreme adventures, like the Marathon des Sables 2015 in Morocco’s Sahara when he raised more than $100K for AFEL.

From the Marathon des Sables, the toughest foot race on earth, to Mount Everest, the holy grail. From +40 °C in the desert of Morocco, to -40 °C in the Himalayas Ghassan is up to a double challenge: The physical challenge of climbing the mountain and the challenge of fundraising.

“I dedicate this climb to the rights of 500 abused children sheltered at AFEL”               – Ghassan

Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, often called “Mother Goddess of the Universe” , represents the pinnacle of athletic achievement, and the magnificence of nature, stands at 8,848m above sea level. It overlooks Nepal and Tibet.

Mount Everest is the hardest physical challenge faced by men and women on this earth. Many have tried but few have succeeded in conquering Mount Everest.

Everest is not just a summit, Everest is about dreams, about people coming alive, about people needing each other to climb higher and higher. It took Ghassan two months to climb Everest.

Afel would like to thank the donors around the world who made this possible. Afel would also like to thank their sponsors: Holdal Group, Nasco, Warde, and Printpack for contributing to our cause. All donations helped save abused children, and it couldn’t have been done without the help and support of the community.