There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
To the great simple man, who for 45 years dedicated his life with love serving at Collège De La Salle.
It became his home & he became one of its symbols.
Robert Solomon, Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 19 October 1942 to an Armenian mother & a Chaldean father.
“Jesus Bambino” that’s what the Franciscan Sisters called the 2 years old baby Robert when he first came in their nursery. He attended his primary years at L’école des pères Mekhitaristes, he then attended collège-des-frères (bab-el-louk) and later Collège DE LA SALLE.Daher.
Catching the bus at 7:30 in the morning.
On his way to school.
At 8:00 in the morning, just like every day, Robert arrives to school. In 1968, after graduating two years earlier from the Faculty of Science at Cairo University, Robert went to visit his old teachers. This visit was the first time he met frère François… – What are you doing here? – I came to visit my teachers – Do you work? – No, I don’t – Would you like to go in a class & teach? – Yes… And that’s how Robert started his long journey as a teacher .
A student listening to Mr. Robert who’s helping him study after school. During the 70’s Mr. Robert teached English, Chemistry, Math & Physics, he used to stay in his class 1 hour before school & 2 hours after for any student who needs help in his studies
At 11:10 PM, Robert is working late typing final exams, a job that he has been doing for more than 40 years.
In the printing room where he spends most of his time, Robert prints all the needed schoolbooks and exams, surrounded by pictures of Lasallian Brothers and close friends.
Assembling The Exams .
In the school chapel.
watering the plants is a good break …
Dusting off some very old books. Due to the decreasing number of the Lasallian Brothers, it was decided to liquidate their library many years ago. More than 30 thousands books, some of which are rare, were donated to monasteries, universities & alumni.
Having breakfast with his family after attending the Sunday mass, his sister reads his fortune & tells him that she sees no money in his future. She later explains how he always gives away his money to those in need.
During his last days at the school, Robert takes down a picture that represents the group of the Lasallian Brothers in Egypt in 1956, realizing how much things have changed since they left. Many people worry about the principles & the morals of the school today in comparison to the fundamentals that the Brothers had previously instituted