AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
The Hariri Foundation is a non-profit institution which responded to a dire national need that resulted from the events caused by the civil war.
The foundation started its mission in Sidon in 1979; it was then called "The Islamic Institute for Culture and Higher Education" but has carried its present name since 1984 and moved to its central offices in Beirut. It opened offices in Tripoli and the Bekaa, in addition to those in Sidon, in an attempt to facilitate the granting of loans to those who - regardless of their religious or denominational affiliation - had applied to join institutions of higher learning in Lebanon. Likewise, it opened offices in Paris, London, and Washington, DC, to keep in close contact with its student proteges who had joined around 100 universities in Western Europe, North Africa, Canada and the US.