Lebanon is in pain. After a massive explosion rocked the city of Beirut on August 4th, thousands have been left homeless, even more injured and many dead. The blast burnt down the grain silo that stored much of the country's wheat supplies. The country which is already facing an economic fallout will now have to spend millions to rebuild its sea port, which was the site of the explosion. Lebanon, which was already afflicted with the Covid-19 pandemic, is now at the risk of seeing a huge rise in infections post the blast. With doctors and hospitals overwhelmed treating the victims of the explosion, limited food resources and more than 300,000 people left without shelter, Lebanon is in dire need of help.
Many Middle Eastern countries including KSA have directed millions of dollars towards relief funds and supplies to help Beirut. The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) sent two aircrafts carrying 120 tons of medical and emergency supplies to the devastated city.
You too can contribute to the KSRelief fund and help them in this initiative by visiting their website
Private companies like the food delivery app Talabat and retail corporation Carrefour have donated funds for disaster relief work in the city. Even Google has pledged $2.2 million in aid to Lebanon.
Many companies are letting their customers turn their loyalty points into donations towards relief organizations. Find out if any of your frequently used service provider is doing the same.
Some of the initiatives taken by companies are:
Ride sharing app Careem is offering its customers the option to turn their Careem rewards into donations towards the World Food Program relief efforts in Beirut. Customers of Emirates can now donate cash or pledge their Skywards Miles, through a dedicated, secure and convenient portal via the Emirates Airline Foundation. For every donation, cargo capacity will be provided for humanitarian organisations to transport critical medical equipment and supplies, food and other emergency relief goods directly to Beirut through Emirates SkyCargo.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Lebanon states in its report that damage to the Beirut Port might exacerbate food insecurity, leaving many people to starve, which had already increased amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the prolonged economic crisis of the country.
We should come together in this time of crisis to help the people affected by the tragedy.
There are many organizations and relief camps working on the ground, in Beirut, that you can donate to.
Here are some of the organizations:
Lebanese Red Cross: The Lebanese Red Cross is the main provider of ambulance services in Lebanon. According to their website, the organization is in urgent needs of funds as it is not able to respond to all its emergency requests.
Embrace Lebanon: Though many have suffered physical injuries in the aftermath of the explosion, there are many more who will be emotionally and mentally hurt. It is important to provide counselling services in the wake of such a traumatic event.
Beit Al Bereka: The Beirut-based organization is helping fix the houses that have been destroyed as a result of the explosion.
Lebanese Food Bank: With a disaster of this scale people can be left struggling to gain access to food and safe spaces. The Lebanese Food Bank works with vulnerable people and families to ensure they have food and provisions.
Islamic relief: which specializes in food aid and emergency response, is helping to put a supply chain in place for emergency aid in Beirut.
There are many more organisations that are working towards bringing relief to the people in Beirut. Every little contribution counts and will help alleviate the suffering of the families, children and businesses who have been affected by this unprecedented disaster.
Together, for Beirut.
From Team Ezal