A Centennial Restoration plan was prepared by AAC committee member Jad Salame.
Phase One consists of renovating the front (north) wall, which is currently filled with barbed wire, and the damaged back (south wall) This wall needs to be fully refitted in order to not only secure the cemetery as a sacred space but to prevent further deterioration. Moreover, the crumbling one hundred year old wall is in danger of collapsing fully onto the street. Phase One was completed in June 2015 and described in this post.
Phase Two consists of marking out the remaining plots in the cemetery, thereby establishing clearer pathways and plot borders. Water and electrical infrastructure will also be updated, including the purchase of a large cistern.
Individual graves are also also in need of repair or refurbishment. The most pressing in need of repair is that for John Wortabet and his family. Many of the marble slabs listing the names of the charnel house were damaged or destroyed during the Lebanese Civil War and need to be restored.
We also accept donations to create 'planted graves' at selected sites. This is a unique feature of the AAC, where suitable flowering plants and bushes are cultivated in designated plots. This creates a lovely, lasting memorial that is pleasing to the eye and highlights the memorial stone. Beautiful, water resistant and climate friendly plants are suggested, such as:
African Lily, Lily of the Nile
Basket of gold, Gold-dust
Lily of the Valley
Heartleaf iceplant, Baby sun rose
Florist's daisy, Hardy garden mum
بوغنفيليا قصير، جهنمية
Rose Dew plant
امبراتوس، حي علم صغير
كاربوبروتس، حي علم
Plumbago or leadwort
Donations to support this crucial restoration work are very much needed. If you are interesting in giving please contact Mrs. Caroline Isaac-Hamdan at Caroline (at) cgiconsultancy.com [replace (at) with @].