Fifty stars, fifty dreams, fifty chances of a bright future, only if we give them the right spotlight. Just like diamonds, young men and women with special needs are buried under mountains of neglect, shaming, and social segregation, waiting for their light to be set free and illuminate the world. For the second year, SKILD hosted Night to Shine in the midst of political paralysis, economic deterioration, and a restless Lebanese street to plant a seed of hope for 50 youth with special needs and their parents coming from 12 specialized schools in Lebanon. Between cheering crowds, they entered with their parents with smiles on their faces and twinkles in their eyes that hid a thousand tears and broken dreams for not being included in the society at a younger age.
Night to Shine is an unforgettable opportunity to bring joy to the hearts of individuals with special needs and to remind them that they are royalty in God’s eyes. However, it is also a reminder for us that they deserve to shine on all days of the year, the mission that SKILD strives to achieve.
Under the patronage of the Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Ramzi Moucharafieh, Minister of Social Affairs, represented by Mr. Naji Shmeit, and His Excellency Dr. Richard Kouyoumdjian, previous Minister of Social Affairs, we crowned 50 young men and women kings and queens of their night! Superstar Ragheb Alama added joy to the event with his love and support to the special needs cause. Celebrities Hind Baz and Michel Hourany hosted the event and accompanied the guests and their parents throughout the night.