The BDS was first founded at Shawky Makarem’s house in Walton-On–Thames, England on the 3rd of August 1983 during the awful Lebanese civil war which lasted over 15 years. The founding members were Noura Alameddine Abi- chaine , Dr Shibli Abi-chaine, Eyad Abu-Chakra, Sliman Bu Hamzi, Nadim Al Halabi, Ghassan Arbid, Muhammad Sultan, Shawky Anis Makarem.
The first ever donation made to the BDS was by the two daughters of one of the founders Shawky Mkarem and they were Shereen and Lamene Mkarem who donated their pocket money savings.
The main aim and objective of the BDS is to help and support The Relief of Poverty and Sickness, and The Promotion of Education Amongst Druze People In Need in Any Part of the World. The charity also has the aims to send medical and personal supplies and literature to Druze people in need in any part of the world. The charity also aims to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscriptions and to award scholarships for educational purposes.
The aim for the charity is also to work with and help the Druze community in the UK and arrange social, educational, faith and charitable events and for the Druze community in the United Kingdom.
The charities that the BDS has contributed to in the past are:
- The Druze Orphanage (Aabey)
- Druze Foundation for Social Welfare (DFSW)
- Druze Welfare Association
- Makarem Foundation
- Princess Diana Memorial Fund (1997)
- St. Jude’s Children’s’ Cancer Center of Lebanon Foundation (2013)