In memory of Frans van der Lugt and for the reconstruction of Syria.
My uncle, Father Frans van der Lugt sj (1938-2014), lived 40 years of his life in Syria. Everyone was always welcome with him. He accepted people as they are and offered them a listening ear. He did many good things for different communities in Syria, but all in his own way. For many people, abouna ("father") Frans, as he was called by many Syrians, has meant a lot and still has not been forgotten. His vision of life lives on, but his projects have to be rebuilt from scratch because of the war. And for that help is needed. Help to give the people in Syria an independent and bright future again.
In January 2021 I, Anne Claire van der Lugt (the youngest cousin of Frans), received the booklet "Five years later" written by Jan Stuyt SJ from my father, Henri van der Lugt. While reading this book, I found out that I am a copy of Frans, just like my father. When all this dawned on me, I decided that I wanted to help continue his projects. I can't do this alone. That's why I'm organizing a pilgrimage Walk of Homs, which Frans loved so much. "A long walk leads to reflection and it broadens your mind", once said by Frans van der Lugt. I chose the name Walk for Homs because my uncle lived most of his life in Homs and is buried there.
“A long walk leads to reflection and it broadens your mind,” says Frans van der Lugt.
Walk along and help me to give the people in Syria a bright future again. View the events you can participate in here.