Creed & Logo


We believe that:

  • People are much more than they appear to be— each possessing a mystery that shall only be revealed by acts of faith and trust.
  • Each disabled person is a human being, a child of God.
  • Everyone is entitled to live in dignity and love.
  • All that we have received as Gifts are meant to be used for the support of one another.
  • Obstacles are part of life. It is up to us to overcome them.
  • Life is everlasting; everyone is called to grow and reach their potential.
  • We are called to live as one large family, at the heart of which the weakest have their place.
  • Each of us is dear to God’s heart, and we are all part of His family.
  • God looks at us and says: “You are my beloved children, you are all my joy.”
  • Love’s strength triumphs over death and all its aspects.

This is why we believe that everyone’s life, even when heavily disabled, is worth being lived as a celebration, because Love is enduring and because you are my brother.


The logo of the American Friends of SESOBEL is based on the logo of SESOBEL-Lebanon, which is comprised of two candles, one leaning on the other and sharing one flame.  Here are  explanations expressed by two youth at SESOBEL about the symbolism of their logo:


"The standing candle is the symbol of healthy-normal person.
The curved candle is the symbol of the disabled person.
The curved candle bows to thank the healthy person for everything he offers, and it is an act of gratitude and compassion that a disabled person confess to the healthy person.  But sometimes, we exchange roles, as the disabled person stands by the healthy person by praying and listening because the community problems are large.
And this is the art of life at SESOBEL & Anta Akhi (You are my Brother),  I appreciate you,   because you are precious for me, no matter what you do to me. 
How beautiful life is with you, together we enjoy life and live it with joy."
Barbara Zgheib  

"The standing candle is the symbol of healthy-normal person.
The curved candle is the symbol of the disabled person.
Every person disabled or not, has a light. By solidarity in the community and living the diversity without a problem or obstacle, the light becomes powerful.
Every person, visitor, volunteer, friend or companion brings their own light and fills the existing needs of emptiness."
Ghassan Jabra

Logo of American Friends of SESOBEL

American Friends of Sesobel The logo of the American Friends of SESOBEL has an additional blue banner  on top with our name and a single white star. The star represents the light from afar, a single visible sign in the heavens shining forth white light for all, and is a reminder of the faith and joy associated with giving.