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    When people mention Kfarhay they unintentionally feel compelled to refer to the first Maronite Patriarch St John Maron and the first Maronites who came to Lebanon. As a matter of fact, the village up there is well-known for the covenant of the same patriarch. Thus, Kfarhay can be considered as the first "factual and concrete" Maronite base.

    A small excerpt about Kfarhay and the first Maronites who found refuge in Kfrahay right from Bkerke's website:

    At Kfarhay the Patriarchs lived through hard times. Numbers of their spiritual children flocked about them, trudging to Kfarhay on weary feet, carrying in their arms their infant children and staggering under the burden of such simple belongings as they had been able to bring when driven from their houses, their lands, and their property in Syria and the Bekaa. They now came to wrest a living from a rocky, densely forested land, lacking every amenity. However, the district of Batroun opened its arms to them like a mother welcoming her children.
    Now the Maronites put behind them the years of plenty and prepared for the years of hunger. They transformed rock into fertile soil in which they grew wheat and other grains, planted olive trees, grapevines and mulberry trees, and added to their traditional prayers a beautiful one: “By the intercession of your Mother, O Lord, turn your wrath from the land and its inhabitants. Put an end to trouble and sedition, banish from it war, plunder, hunger and plague. Have pity on us in our misfortunes. Console those of us who are sick. Help us in our weakness. Deliver us from oppression and exile. Grant eternal rest to our dead. Allow us to live in peace in this world that we may glorify you”. In their prayers the Maronites spoke of their hardships, hunger, disorders, and injustice, for these were things they were familiar with.
    Finally, after 251 years spent by the Patriarchs in the region of Batroun, they had to find a new refuge, facing new difficulties on new soil.
    The thoughts of the Patriarch kept turning to the city of Antioch, where he yearned to remain with his flock during its days of torment.
    Patriarch John II imagined that he could fulfill this ambition. Once he had reached Antioch he made every endeavor to bring all the Maronites together, but without any success. Recurring difficulties and disorders obliged him to relinquish his plan and to ”take refuge in the heart of Mount Lebanon in 938” as Patriarch DOUAIHY wrote of him. Finally, he settled in the vicinity of Aakoura. (The Annals, 50).

    Panoramic view adjacent to Kfarhay







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    Covenant of Saint John Maron - First Maronite Patriarch:




    The altar inside the Church with the picture of Saint John Maron in the center:



    Statue of Saint John Maron at the entrance:



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    Creation date of the municipality : 10/04/2003.
    Distance from Beyrouth : 67 Kms.
    Altitude : 400 meters.
    Agriculture : tobacco, olives and olive oil.
    Water sources : Source of Daleh, Sarba and Saala.
    Population : Kfar Hay has 506 residents.
    Municipal elections : In the last municipal elections in 2004, Kfar Hay had 963 registered voters including 617 voting.
    Schools : Kfar Hay has 2 schools. Both are public and 65 students are enrolled.
    Hospitals : There are no hospitals in Kfar Hay.
    Indicator of economic dynamism : Kfar Hay has 2 companies with more than 5 employees.
    Map of the road network :
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    SOS Children's Village Kfarhay

    photo: SOS Archives

    SOS Children's Village Kfarhay is located on the road connecting Batroun on the Mediterranean coast with near-by Boxmaya in the mountains. Kfarhay is approximately 60 km away from Beirut. To the SOS Children's Villages west is the historic town centre of Kfarhay, with the Mediterranean Sea right behind it. SOS Children's Village Kfarhay is lined by a green hilly country to the south and by the peaks of Mount Liban to the east.

    Built in traditional style dominant in the region, SOS Children's Village Kfarhay perfectly fits into the architectural context of the surroundings. The village comprises eleven family houses, a village director's house, an aunts' house (SOS aunts temporarily take on the role of SOS mothers if needed), administrative and service areas, playground and sports ground, multi-purpose hall, open air theatre stage, workshop and a dentistry practice. Currently, SOS Children's Village Kfarhay can take in up to 100 children.


    In 1998, the SOS Kindergarten also became operational. In the group room, up to 25 children from the SOS Children's Village and the neighbourhood are taken care of. The children from the SOS Children's Village may attend school either in Kfarhay or in Batroun.

    SOS Children's Village Kfarhay is not only active within the village. Since it became operational, it has been active in supporting families from the neighbourhood with the goal in mind of helping the poorest among them; the widows and single mothers and their children, by providing for their most basic needs in order to help the children remain with their families. Through this programme, some 15 families could be helped every year.


    "You have evolved from worm to man, but much
    within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more

    of an ape than any of the apes"- Nietzche

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