Who We Are

Aref Beik Al Nakadi, founder of "Beit El Yateem", was concerned by the large numbers of orphans and abandoned children in the late thirties. His dream to build an ideal home where children can find security, care and a high standard of education wouldn’t have been possible without the encouragement and help of many benefactors.

We would like to take the opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to every single person who has not only offered financial assistance but more importantly has put his heart and soul into this noble cause.

Main building comprising dormitories, dining rooms, kitchen and storage room.



Beit Al-Yateem is administered by the executive director and assisted by the school principals and head of the accounting and the personnel departments. The Board of Trustees supervises the administration, determines the general policy of the orphanage, lays down plans for improving the various services of the institution and prepares projects for future implementation.



The Druze Orphanage and Aref Al-nakadi vocational school rely entirely on donors’ contributions, small assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs and some philanthropic organizations.



Beit Al-Yateem administration is always seeking to achieve the goal which it was established for, it continues to lodge, feed and educate orphans and underprivileged children, lifting them out of poverty and preparing them to become good citizens. The aided children are either orphans or coming from broken families and are admitted after submitting documents attesting their familial and social conditions.

Extracts From The Sayings Of The Late Aref Al-Nakadi

- Raising children is not only for enlightening their mind but also for cultivating their soul. There might be education with no upbringing or cultivating, and there might be both of them without education.


- We have the right towards our country to admit our mistakes and try to resolve them instead of turning a blind eye. By making justice prevail and eliminating all kinds of sectarianism and social distinction, every Lebanese will feel a sense of belonging to their country and will feel they are among their fellow citizens with no preference to one Lebanese over another.


- We knew good men spoiled by their position, but we have never known spoiled men made good through their position.


- For those of you who are in favor of eradicating sectarianism, publicize national schools and public establishments, if your goal is to only lecture and talk, then all you will get are lectures and talks.


- Reliable History researches need:

  • Truthful and reliable resources
  • Trustworthy stories
  • Truth-telling writings
  • Factual documents and sober evidence
  • Proper understanding and objective judgment
  • Faithful and bias-free reporting

The Era Of The Founder Aref Al-Nakadi (1939 -1975)

In 1939, Aref Al Nakadi launched an appeal to the Druze in both Lebanon and Syria and to those who emigrated to the four corners of the world, inviting them to contribute financially to establish an orphanage. After a small period of time, a small house in Beirut was rented and furnished to shelter a small number of children and a lady superintendent; the orphanage started the actual operation of welcoming orphans in the academic year of 1940-1941.

The great development of the first five years deeply influenced the benefactors and the directory of Beit Al-Yateem (home of the orphans). Everybody cooperated to support this project so that they could offer its humanitarian services such as sheltering, clothing and teaching the children. The enthusiasm in collecting donations and sending them to Aref Al-Nakadi was a sign of the good will of the donors and their deep need to help the orphanage. From the start, Aref Al-Nakadi wanted the participation of the largest number of benefactors even by donating one Lebanese pound so that all the social classes would contribute to the establishment of this orphanage.

With the increase in the number of orphans and donations, development became a must, so Beit Al-Yateem moved to Abey in the year 1955 where many buildings were rented and a piece of land was bought so that a new building would be built.

Also About Aref Al-Nakadi

The work on this project started in the year 1963 after Aref Al- Nakadi had signed a contract with the Social Welfare Service which offered one third of the funds and he took responsibility for providing the remaining two thirds by putting up his own private properties as collateral for the bank loan. The inauguration of the orphanage in Abey was in 1968.


A succession of developments marked this era and the late Nakadi once said: “We begin our year by thanking God and the donors, especially the emigrants who recognized the importance of financial support to help establish these buildings, and as a result, keeping a memory in the minds of our fellow citizens without the need to have to ask for favors.”


After constructing the main building, we cite some of the accomplishments related to this era:


  • Equipping the main building with all necessary tools for sheltering, clothing and teaching the students.
  • Buying a nearby building and developing the first part of it so that it can be ready for housing and educating the children.
  • Constructing an office building
  • Prefacing the establishment of a technical school by buying a plot of land to be built on.


The late Aref Al-Nakadi kept on establishing, renewing and developing until his death on March 23rd, 1975 and all that was done through the benefactors who cooperated with him and are still contributing in the Druze Orphanage development especially the expatriates who despite having emigrated from Lebanon, continued to support their homeland.

Shakib al-Nakadi era (1975-1991)


This is the era of consolidation and continuation in which the deceased Shakeeb Al-Nakadi wanted to relieve the worries that the Druze community had as a result of the death of Aref Al-Nakadi. Despite the drastic events that Lebanon witnessed and that influenced the Druze Orphanage, Shakeeb Al-Nakadi led a period in which he exhibited a magnificent consolidation during the two year war (1975 -1976), the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (1982), the displacement and the destruction that followed in the events of Al Shahhar (1983) and not to forget the events that happened in 1989.








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