History & Tradition

History & Tradition

Starting in 1962 and in the years until 1978, Imam Moussa Sadr founded numerous centers and institutes and conducted many activities. The Imam Sadr Foundation represents an incarnation of some of the Imam’s ideas.

History & TraditionHe started his works in the city of Tyr and its suburbs. Supporting and helping the indigenous population, his work included literacy campaigns, building institutions, activating the role of women and empowering them by courses in sewing, embroidery, and domestic education and holding emergency and training sessions.

Considered to be one of the darkest periods in contemporary South Lebanon history, the late 1970s to mid 1980s saw the ravages of war like never before. As the ferocity of military attacks increased along the border regions, thousands upon thousands of citizens fled to safety in cities like Tyre and Beirut. Absorbing this massive displacement caused obvious strain on local services and infrastructure, including the populations receiving them.

Throughout these times, the work inspired by Imam Sadr continued to bring the light of hope into the darkness of a war-stricken Lebanon. In an effort to reach out to girls who had become orphaned, as well as those who were living in vulnerable conditions, in 1981, the Foundation launched an Elementary School through the Rihab al-Zahra orphanage.

In the beginning of 1985, the Foundation prepared to set the cornerstone of the Cultural Compound in Tyre by leasing a 30,000 square meter plot of land on the southern coastal shore.

Hamid El Sadr, President