On the eve of April 2016, AAA launched the largest Autism Awareness campaign in Lebanon by joining the International 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign across Lebanon and lighting in blue several major ancient monuments, from the South to the North of Lebanon.
For the first time in Lebanon, The Citadels of Saida, Byblos & Tripoli and Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa went blue by AAA, to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon, along with several Lebanese monuments: Safadi Cultural Center, Rashid Karame Int'l Fair, Chateau Rweiss and Jeita Country Club.
On 2 April 2019, AAA 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign at Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon.
Under the patronage of
HE Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of State
for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth, Lebanon's iconic statue and Sanctuary of The Lady of Lebanon - Harissa
has been lit up in magical blue,
for the third time, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day
by the AAA - Autism Awareness Association Lebanon
With the presence of Representative of HE Gebran Bassil,
Minister of Foreign and Emigrants' Affairs advisor to Special needs affairs,
Mr Joe Rahal ; Father Younen Obeid, Rector of the sanctuary of our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa; Ms Michele Fenianos, Director of the First Lady's office; Mr Juan Hobeiche, President of Jounieh's Municipality; Mrs Ghada Hayek Makhoul, President of AAA
along with the members of the association
and their families and friends.
Big thanks to Bacchus Production for his continuous support and dedication to our cause.
Photo Credit "Hisham Saba photography"
and Rita Akiki for editing
The 'Light it up blue' for Autism annual campaign
was launched in 2010 by 'Autism Speaks',
the largest Autism Organization in the World,
along with the international autism community
in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day,
sanctioned by the United Nations on Dec 2007.
April, is also known as World Autism Month
in order to commemorate persons with autism and their families.
Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings
join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities
around the world to “light in blue”
in support of people living with autism.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place during April to increase understanding and acceptance and further support people with autism.