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Beit El-Baraka - A Free Supermarket for Retirees

“If we can give them their dignity and help them, they can regain the ability to support themselves."

In the spirit of human respect and support, Beit El-Baraka, established in 2017, aims to provide support and aid to hard-working senior citizens once they retire. It works on three levels: the supermarket from where they can gracefully take what they need, their apartments that are restored for free and whose rents and utilities are covered, and medical treatments, such as dental care, medication, and surgeries.  Sounds impossible? Maybe, but that is all being done and provided.

Maya Chams Ibrahimchah, founder and president of Beit el-Baraka, is well-known for her activism and passion for renovating old homes and heritages. Maya decided to take it further and help the retirees, becoming the guardian of dignity for the retired Lebanese Citizen.

The idea of Beit el Baraka started when Maya met an old woman under the bridge of Burj Hammoud and sat down with her as the woman wept while narrating her story. A retired teacher, the woman spent her life working in a well-known school in Achrafieh, and as soon as she retired, she saw her end-of-service benefits drop rapidly... more 


 
 
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