Bassma association organized a ceremony for setting the cornerstone of its brand new agri-food and agri-tourism project named SARWA, “Wealth of Lebanon”, in Taanayel. The event gathered many social personalities, namely the reverend Professor Salim Daccache s.j., the Rector of Saint Joseph University, the Rotary Beirut Cedars Club team, in addition to members and friends of the organization, to participate in the launch of this project.
SARWA by BASSMA is a project that aims to establish a socially and environmentally conscious value-chain for agriculture, and farm-to-table concept. The main objective of this educational and social farm is to empower men, women and youths, by training them, creating and securing jobs for them, thus reintegrating them in the society, and allowing them to help their families.
The ceremony started with the speech of the President of BASSMA, Mrs. Sandra Klat Abdelnour, which emphasizes on the “importance of initiatives like SARWA that will help the Lebanese people remain engrained in their country, and help the Lebanese population rely on its own production to survive and be self-reliant”.
Then, Reverend Jesuit father, professor Salim Daccache, rector of Saint-Joseph University, put the accent on the beautiful cooperation between BASSMA and USJ, adding “I hope that this project will become a “sarwa” after the cypress tree (سرو), which is evergreen, rooted in our mountains and plains, a source of wealth, love, giving, sustenance and goodness to many who work in and for it. With Bassma Association and the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, we build, plant and produce hope and leadership for Lebanon.”
Mr. Ronald Farra, President of the Rotary Beirut Cedars Club, then spoke: “The project of our Rotary Beirut-Cedars club with Bassma is part of the axis of economic development with the aim of contributing to the essor of the community “.
Following the speeches, reverend Father, Professor Salim Daccach blessed the land, by spreading holy water on the cornerstone of SARWA.
The ceremony was followed by a lunch onsite where a cake was cut at the end afterwards to celebrate the beginning of a beautiful project,
BASSMA was founded in 2002, and believes that solid families are the pillar of a solid society. By empowering destitute families and helping them attain self-sufficiency, we are taking one step forward to breaking the cycle of poverty.