Beirut Explosions Relief: What's Happening and How to Help
Two huge explosions on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 killed at least 170 people and injured more than 6,000 in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Lebanese government has declared a two-week state of emergency. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, and hospitals—some damaged in the blasts—struggle to help the injured. Officials blamed the blasts on a build-up of a fertilizer chemical inside a warehouse in the capital.
Local GlobalGiving partners in Lebanon are responding to the emergency, providing medical supplies for the wounded, giving food to displaced families, and repairing damaged buildings.
Please make a donation to one of the vetted, community-led projects below to help survivors of the Beirut explosions:
Immense suffering has befallen us all; really a tragedy confronts us! At SESOBEL , more than 1300 children suffering from intellectual and/or motor disabilities or from autism, are taken care of annually in terms of medical, social, educational, rehabilitation, and human assistance. They come from every region in Lebanon and abroad and were welcomed regardless of community, religion or ethnic backgrounds. 81% of our children and youth come from modest families, living in very tough condition
The massive explosion that rocked Beirut and destroyed much of the Lebanese capital's port last week threatens to have disastrous consequences for the roughly 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees who have long relied on humanitarian aid in the country. They were already vulnerable, because of the bad economic crisis and corona virus crisis and measures that had impacted the whole country. At least 43 Syrian workers were among the victims of the blast which killed more than 200 people.
The situation in Lebanon is heartbreaking! Thousands of people have been severely wounded in a huge blast that ripped through Lebanon's capital, Beirut, and the number of deaths is still rising. Hospitals are working overcapacity and some parts of hospitals destroyed. Rafic Hariri Hospital Hospital is already on the verge of declaring its inability to accommodate patients due to COVID 19. It's reported that a wheat storage facility has been completely destroyed.
Through this project Insan will provide basic assistance in the form of food boxes, baby supplies, hygiene kits etc. to families in Lebanon who have been the most affected by the country's economic collapse and numerous crisis which have made the middle class disappear and drove 55% of the population into poverty (ESCWA, 2020).
In response to the 4th of August Beirut Port explosion tragedy, the Lebanese Red Cross is providing direct unconditional cash assistance ($300, in USD) to at least 10,000 families for a period of 7 months. This modality is helping the most vulnerable affected families to choose and address their own priority needs. With 316,000 USD, LRC will be able to support 1000 families for one month, with each family receiving the full 300 USD. 16,000 USD will be used for banking and operational fees.
The two terrible explosions on the 4th August hit the Franciscan community in Beirut. The Franciscan church (Santa Church) and the adjoining convent (St. Joseph) had many damages at the structure. More than 100 people died in the city and many families lost their houses. This project will serve not only to support the Franciscan friars in the reconstruction of the Church of Beirut, but also to support the Lebanese people in a difficult moment of crisis
On Tuesday August 4, two explosions took place in a warehouse in the port of Beirut, causing death, injury, and destruction of homes. Many are seeking emergency support. Through our community-led approach, our teams are responding immediately with relief for survivors, including food, hygiene kits, masks to protect from toxic fumes, and transit for families to reach shelter outside of Beirut.