Who We Are
The Martyr President Rafic Hariri decided to set off his rescue mission for unity, construction and stability in 1979, a year which was seen as one of the most threatening as regards to the unity of the Lebanese people and nation.
In February 1979, the resolve was taken to establish a non-governmental organization named “the Hariri Foundation: Islamic Foundation for Education and Higher Learning”, based in Saida with the aim to rehabilitate the city’s scientific, educational and cultural contexts on the basis of national harmony, coexistence and reaffirmation of Saida’s national convictions when building the capable and impartial nation.
However, this initiative which was meant initially to meet the needs of Saida and the South was greatly welcomed and supported by the Lebanese people at large. This response encouraged the Martyr President to readjust the Foundation’s services and objectives so as to cover all the confessional groups throughout Lebanon.
In 1990, the mandate of the newly named Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development was vowed to raising the Lebanese citizen’s economic, social and cultural situation, through reinforcing the citizens’ role in achieving sustainable human development. The Foundation slogan becomes:” Investing in people, investing in Lebanon’s future”.
H.E. Late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri (1944 – 2005)
A self-made man, PM Rafic Hariri traveled to Saudi Arabia in 1969 where he established his own company, CICONEST. In 1978, he founded one of the biggest companies in the Arab World, Saudi Oger. PM Rafic Hariri was also the biggest shareholder in Solidere, the joint-stock company that single-handedly transformed and revived central Beirut following the Lebanese civil war.
As a Lebanese businessman living in Saudi Arabia, PM Rafic Hariri remained concerned about the ongoing strife in Lebanon and devoted his energies and resources to the service of his country. In 1979, he founded the Hariri Foundation, a non-profit organization that gave chance to more than 35,000 students pursue their education in the best universities in Lebanon, France, Britain, the US, and Canada; thus putting an end to any attempt to turn the Lebanese youth into coals of fire.
PM Rafic Hariri is also known for his philanthropic activities, particularly in the reconstruction of Lebanon, education and general social welfare. In 1982, after the Israeli invasion, Oger Liban, became actively involved in the removal of destruction.
PM Rafic Hariri was keen on ending the Lebanese civil war, and accordingly played a behind-the-scenes role as a mediator, advisor and promoter of cease-fires and agreements. In 1984, he partook in organizing the Geneva and Lausanne conferences to bring about political reconciliation. His efforts came to light in 1989, with the Taef Conference, which he participated in organizing and financing. The Taef Conference brought forth the Taef Accord – Lebanon’s post-war new constitution – the political contract that laid down the principles of national unity.
PM Hariri served as Lebanon’s President of the Council of Ministers for six consecutive years, from November 22, 1992 until November 1998 and then again from 2000 until late 2004. He also served as a Member of Parliament since 1996 and until his assassination in 2005. With an ambitious future-vision, his post-war era reconstruction plan declared everything a priority: schools, hospitals, infrastructure, and the economy.
In April 1993, PM Hariri established the Ministry of the Displaced to help thousands of people who were forced to flee their homes during the war to return to their towns and villages.
A strong believer in the importance of urban development, PM Hariri launched in 1994 the project to rebuild the Beirut Central District (BCD), which was totally destroyed during the war. A vision grounded on developmental international experiences, he saw that rebuilding the heart of Lebanon would bring life to the rest of Lebanon.
In 1996, PM Hariri launched a diplomatic campaign to put an end to Israel’s “Grapes of Wrath” aggression. His efforts succeeded in focusing world attention on the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon and culminated in a ceasefire agreement, known as the April Understanding.
In addition to the diplomatic campaigns, PM Hariri was known for his strong economic campaigns. Most importantly are the Paris I and Paris II international conferences.
Honors and Awards
PM Hariri has been awarded numerous medals and awards in his lifetime, some of which are:
“At the core of our modest success at the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development lies our willingness to listen and learn from our communities. Our experience in community outreach taught us that only through sharing knowledge can we gain new insights into how we can do our work more effectively. I am proud to belong to a foundation that has been delivering on a promise to improve lives and create opportunities. For us, serving our community is a privilege and not a duty.”
MP Bahia Hariri
MP Bahia Hariri, the sister of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, has played an essential role in Lebanon’s political and social welfare. She is especially known for her commitment to education.
She started her career as a teacher to then head the Commission for Education and Culture in the Lebanese Parliament.
A strong advocate for women, MP Hariri is the founder of the Women’s Committee at the Arab Parliament Union and the Arab Women’s Summit.
MP Hariri is well known throughout the world as UNESCO’s 2000 goodwill Ambassador.
Beirut Appeal: March 2002, MP Hariri declared the 8th of March 2002 as a joint day with women and Palestinian Intifada. She requested Arab leaders to support the participation of Parliamentarian Women in the next Arab Summit.
Khartoum Appeal: February 2002, MP Hariri asked Arab Women worldwide to consider the 8th of March a day where everyone stands for himself/herself and to support the Arab Summit in Beirut.
UNESCO Appeal: On the 18th of May 2000, MP Hariri put forward the consideration of 2001 as the year of Arab Women. She called for deploying additional efforts to enhance women’s educational, cultural, scientific and technological capacities.
Algeria Appeal: February 2000, MP Hariri campaigned for a democratic society that expresses appreciation for women by adopting the UNESCO’s request for “women make the news for one day” on March 8th, 2000.
Beirut Appeal: December 1999, MP Hariri campaigned for adopting a more scientific and realistic approach to enhaning the current status of women around the Arab world. This initiative was a milestone towards a strategic plan that will liberate women in a constructive way which respects the Arab region’s culture.
Tunisia Appeal:November 1999, MP Hariri requested the establishment of the Arab Women Congress in the beginning of the third millennium.
Kuwait Appeal: October 1999, MP Hariri declared the first of February as “The Arab Woman Day” and she organized the conference entitled “Continuous Conversation among Arab Women” under the slogan “together for one hundred years”.
Honors & Awards
MP Bahia Hariri succeeded in advocating and lobbying for the following legislative reforms concerning women’s status:
President:MP Bahia Hariri
Secretary:Mr. Hassan Shamseddine
Treasurer:Mr. Nader Hariri
Mission & Strategic Goals
The “Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development” aims to achieve sustainable human development by supporting the civil society and building human capacities, improving the civil involvement throughout the social change process, as well as implementing projects based on assessed needs intended to improve the quality of life.The slogan of the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, “Investing in People, Investing in Lebanon’s Future” has become the mantra for the organization and guides the Hariri Foundation in all of its endeavours.
The Hariri Foundation strategic goals are to:
Social Justice: The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development endeavors to achieve social equality as a basic step for realizing social justice, by providing opportunities, education, work development and success prospects for every Lebanese individual.
Democracy: The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development strives to spread the education of democracy as a methodology of life, a prerequisite for development and success based on the principle of democratic education by consolidating interactions and recognizing the culture of the others.
Citizenship: The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development works on cultivating the national sense among the people, and attaining citizenship values through equal rights and responsibilities among the citizens for the sake of consolidating national unity.
Partnership: The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development works on implanting the partnership concept through concluding agreements, building networks and collaborating efforts with partners’ resources: governments, civil society organizations and the private sector; employing the transparency principle as its guide in all its actions.
Sustainable Human Development: The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development abides by an entire specializations’ approach where the individual constitutes the axis of the developmental process, in order to build a future capable of attending to our social and national concerns in an effort to achieve the United Nations Millennium’s Development goals.
Hariri Foundation’s strong focus on partnership has resulted in many successful international collaborations:
Hariri Foundation has also developed strong partnerships with Local Governmental Institutions and Municipalties as well as Non-governmental institutions:
Agreements of the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development:
May 18, 1987: Cooperation Agreement with the French Government for the restoration of Khan El-Franj.
September 9, 1994: Declaration of Intent with the University of Milano to exchange expertise and research.
October 10, 1994: Cooperation Agreement with the Environment Association for the rehabilitation of Saida’s historical and tourist facilities.
July 24, 1995: Declaration of Principles with the UNESCO for the restoration of the tourist and historical facilities in Saida and Temple of Ashmoun.
October 10, 1995: Lebanese-French Cooperation Agreement with the region of Midi-Pyrénées for the lighting of the historical sites of Saida city.
Feburary 18, 1997: Cooperation Agreement with the Prince Charles Foundation for the urban design.
Janurary 1, 1998: Cooperation Protocol with the Saida Heritage and Environment Association on the restoration of Aisha Umm el-Mo’minin School.
December 12, 2000: Friendship Agreement with the Fifth Arrondissement of Lyon (France) for the exchange of expertise in the field of culture, arts, heritage, tourism and local development.
June 17, 2000: Cooperation Agreement with the Maison des Cultures du Monde (France) to organize an exhibition entitled “Authentic – Gardens on the Walls”.
2000: Cooperation Agreement with the Arab World Institute for the promotion of the Arab culture and deepening the civilization dialogue between the Arabs and the West.
May 28, 2001: Cooperation Agreement with the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) to launch programs relevant to education, heritage, culture, sciences, health and society.
May 31, 2001: Cooperation Agreement with the Palazzo Inteligente Foundation for the lighting of Saida’s sea fortress.
November 8, 2001: Cooperation Agreement with the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND) on the development cooperation between them, especially that concerning the woman and the child.
November 28, 2001: Cooperation Agreement with the General Directorate of the Islamic Endowment in the Republic of Lebanon to hand Hariri Foundation the management of the Umayyad Mosque in Baalbeck.
2001: Cooperation Agreement with the Arab Center for Legal and Judicial Research to help the Arab society restore its brilliant history and pioneer civilization.
September 25, 2002: Agreement with Euro-Med Network for the cultural heritage (T.E.C.H.NET).
November 7, 2002: Cooperation Agreement with the AMIDEAST on implementing the parents and students guide project (School Manual Project).
September 18, 2003: Cooperation Agreement with the Association for Consolation and Social Services in Saida to develop common points of interests in all fields of social work in order to promote the individual economic, social and cultural level (18/09/2003).
November 15, 2003: Cooperation Agreement with the Pavia Province on exchanging expertise in the development field.
November 24, 2003: Memorandum of Understanding with Provincia di Pavia and the UNICEF on the project on the children’s rights and education on democracy.
2003: Memorandum of Understanding with the ESCWA in order to reinforce their cooperation and coordination to reach their common goals in all aspects of development and rehabilitate the civil society’s institutions in Lebanon through providing the expertise allowing them to fulfill their duty of establishing development in the local communities.
2003: Cooperation Agreement with the USAID, represented by the CHF on the agro-business project that aims at improving the banana and vegetables production, in addition to the horticulture, in Saida and its neighborhood.
2003: Cooperation Agreement with CISCO System in order to establish community centers on all the Lebanese territories.
2003: Cooperation Agreement with the Fondazione Palazzo Intelligente, Commune Di Palermo, Fondation de Patrimoine and the Arab Village Organization in order to enhance cooperation in the Euro-Med Network for the cultural heritage.
February 18, 2004: Cooperation Agreement with the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on exchanging expertise in the following fields: social, civil and economic development.
February 20, 2004: Cooperation Agreement with ALESCO in order to enhance the educational, cultural and scientific levels and contribute to spread and support the Arabic language and the Arab Islamic culture inside and outside the Arab world.
July 28, 2004: Cooperation Agreement with CISCO Foundation, CISCO System, UNIFEM and the Republic of Lebanon in order to establish educational and training academies for computer sciences, provided that they cover all the Lebanese territory.
May 5, 2006: Cooperation Agreement with Intel Corporation, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education on implementing the Intel-Teach to the Future project on all the Lebanese territories.
May 2006: Memorandum of Understanding between Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, UNIFEM and CISCO System on implementing the E-quality project in the Lebanese ICT sector.
2006: Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Christian Youth and the Benwati Municipality to implement the sanitation project in Benwati and Jezzin in the South.
2006: Memorandum of Understanding (partnership and cooperation) with Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation-UAE to organize programs aiming at the activation of social research and studies, in addition to cultural and media actions in all issues related to minors and orphans.
April 11, 2007: Memorandum of Understanding with World-Links and UNRWA to implement the World-Links vocational development program for instructors.
May 10, 2007: Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to implement the ICT basics project.
August 29, 2007: Cooperation Agreement with the Islamic Development Bank in order to implement the project on building capacities and training the civil community in Lebanon.
2007: Cooperation Agreement with Mercy Corps on implementing a set of projects to develop the educational environment through facilitating the use of information technology, provision of equipment, rehabilitation of educational facilities and implementation of workshops in order to help children who experienced the last Israeli attack on Lebanon.
The Hariri foundation also serves as an umbrella organization for many NGOs where it provides resources to smaller more specialized organizations. Together we work to coordinate activities, implement projects and pool resources. Hand-in-hand we are able to provide services that are tailored to address particular community needs
Aman Youth Association
AMAN is a non-governmental organization established in 2006 that aims at empowering the youth role in strengthening social cohesion and promoting sustainable human development. The strategy of AMAN is focused on expanding the learning opportunities available to the youth, directing the way to a better future, and working collectively to create ambitious individuals and community.
AMAN envisions improving the living standards of youth through empowering them to become active partners in the community development process.
For more information, visit Aman’s wesbite: www.amanyouth.org
Association of Saida for Heritage & Environment
The Association of Saida for Heritage and Environment was founded in 1994 by MP Bahia Hariri, who aimed at providing a common space for like-minded architects, artists, art historians, archaeologists, historians, museologists and writers interested in conservation of the different aspects of city’s heritage. The Association is internationally affiliated with ECOMAX/UNESCO and was granted membership in 1997 due to its dedicated efforts in promoting the cultural heritage of it’s city.
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Hajj Bah’u Deen Hariri Masjid Complex
The Hajj Bah’u Deen Hariri Masjid Complex is the people’s landmark and place of destination for prayer, learning, social support, and a public space for gathering. The Masjid aspires at building a profound link with the society by spreading the enlightened Islamic Concept, being actively involved with the society’s concerns, and bringing the society towards the right track through a series of developmental, social, cultural and vocational activities.
It endeavors to:
1- Weekly Discussions and Lessons with the community
The Masjid’s prayer leaders join efforts to hold youth weekly discussions and lessons, deliver daily religious exhortations following the dawn and sunset prayers, and also provide women with weekly lesson.
The Masjid also organizes a number of religious sessions such as the memorization of the Holy Quran.
Also, the Complex organizes during the Holy month of Ramadan a distinctive program that appeals to a great number of worshipers, especially during “lailat al-qadr” where the number of male and female worshipers exceeds five thousand.
2- A Venue for Cultural Meetings and Reading
The masjid organizes cultural meetings with the community and hold scientific debate groups. In addition, it functions as a space for circulation of important religious, social, and scientific publications.
3- Capacity Building Programmes
In association with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, the Masjid implements developmental programs and organizes training sessions in order to reinforce the youth’s capacities in various domains such as: Information Technology, livelihood skills, voluntary service concepts, and social services. The association between the Masjid and the Foundation extends to tackling the problem of school dropouts by providing classes for all students at risk of dropping out of school.
The Masjid organized a group of young male and female volunteers whose primary chore was to take care of the displaced people by hosting them at the Masjid (about 400 displaced persons) during the Israeli attack on Lebanon in July 2006, where group dedicatedly provided all the services needed.
4- Towards a Bigger Role
The Complex aspires to gain a site on the International Conventional Map; for the Convention Center had organized in association with Future Television, The Annual Arab Reciter Program, which the head of Egypt’s reciters, Shaikh Abou Al-Ainain Shaia’sha’, commented by saying that it enjoyed a gigantic initiation thanking the program’s organizers for giving him the opportunity of meeting an excellent and outstanding group of reciters on the Arab countries level.
For more information, kindly visit: www.masjidhbh.org
Or contact the complex on:
Telephone/Fax: +961 7 752 675
National Committee of Public Schools
Out of its strong belief in the fundamental role of public education in Lebanon, the association has worked on the promotion and protection of public education. The associations mission is to safeguard the provision of quality education by the hands of well trained educators that will pave the way towards true reform. Since its establishment, the committee played a key role in building up the biggest civil and social support known in Lebanon for public schools.
University of Technology
The University of Technology-Saida “Insitut Universitaire de Technologie-Saida” (IUT); was founded under the decree 8741/96 on the 9th of July 1996 in partnership with the Lebanese University, the Hariri Foundation and the French government. The University’s objectives are to offer the students a technological formation in collaboration with business and professional circles as well as to offer professional/specialized technical trainings for senior professionals.
For more information on the University, please visit:
University of Technology/Institut Universitaire de technologie
Or contact us directly:
Address: Saida – The Serail
Telephone: +961 7 750 190
Fax Number: +961 7 750 198