Rev. Dr. Andy Andeweg (1932-1999), known as “the father of deaf people in Lebanon”, arrived to Lebanon in 1956 and mixed with deaf adults in coffee houses. He was soon able to communicate with them and established a deaf club where they can meet. In 1957, with the younger deaf generation in mind, he founded The Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf (FAID).
He was not content with just this one institute, as in 1964, he established a school for deaf children (The Holy Land Institute for the deaf) in Salt, Jordan, and afterwards, set up the Deaf unit in Cairo, Egypt. Furthermore, a school for children with special needs in Aita Chaab, Lebanon was established in 1997.
Under his guidance, deaf clubs took place in Beirut and other cities. Teachers were principally trained through the AMT Teacher Training Program, which Father Andy launched in 1960.