Apr 21, 2021

Second Phase of Beirut Blast Emergency Response

Marhaba from Insan,

As you might assume, the most urgent assistance that we mentioned in our previous report was provided in the first months following the event. However, the damages caused by the explosion were huge and even now, almost 9 months later, you can spot plenty of broken buildings while walking or driving around the city.

One of the reasons why these houses are still not fixed is the country’s dire economic situation which has led to rampant unemployment, skyrocketing prices and shrinking salaries. Many people cannot even afford food or any other basic necessities, so clearly, they have no financial means to fix their houses.

To help the affected communities continue their recovery, Insan distributed food boxes, hygiene kits, mattresses, pillows and bed sheets to around 80 beneficiaries in the last 4 months. We also continued with house renovations which included fixing broken doors and windows and repairing or replacing household appliances such as washing machines, fridges and TVs.

We also provided clothes, personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizers and face masks to keep the beneficiaries safe from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, baby products, cash assistance etc.

Additionally, MHPSS (mental health and psychosocial support) and PSS (psychosocial support) activities were offered to the affected people to help them cope with trauma and psychological distress caused by the dreadful state of the country. At these sessions the beneficiaries were able to discuss, reflect upon and engage in interactive activities on topics such as emotions, parenting, physical safety, non-violent communication etc.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN team

Mar 24, 2021

Insan School Spring 2021 Report

Marhaba from Insan school,

Even though we were really hoping three months ago that we will be able to start returning to the classrooms soon, things suddenly took a U-turn and the Government of Lebanon launched a state-wide full lockdown in January that lasted for more than a month and followed by a gradual reopening that is happening till today.

However, Insan did not let itself be discouraged by this course of the events. Instead, our team is always trying to find alternative ways to overcome the difficulties. Students of Sad El Bouchrie center had the opportunity to continue improving their Arabic skills online and attend psychosocial support sessions that were conducted over the phone.

For our vocational training students who learn cooking and pastry, the chefs filmed a few tutorials in the kitchen lab with the help of our amazing communication team and shared those with the students via YouTube. Even though we cannot oblige the students to replicate the meals at home because they come from disadvantaged families with poor financial means, they can still learn new skills from the videos and prepare themselves for the upcoming classes in the kitchen.

The students of Insan’s Tyre center also had the chance to attend English, Arabic and math classes – some online, some in the classroom. Besides, some recreational activities were organised. As many children find themselves bored at home these days the teachers were trying to offer them some fun things to do together while keeping the social distance. Interactive games were played and music sessions and sing-alongs were held through video chat.

In Bekaa camps we were forced to stop our activities for a bit because online sessions are impossible in these harsh circumstances. Yet, this week the classes have started again.

At these difficult times, where social distancing is setting barriers to human interactions, it is crucial to show the vulnerable communities that they are not alone and they still have something to do and someone to talk to. Insan will do its utmost best to always be there for the most vulnerable.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon.

Best regards,

The INSAN team

Feb 3, 2021

Health assistance in times of a global pandemic

Insan's team in the field
Insan's team in the field

Dear friend,

As you all know Covid-19 pandemic is still not over and while Lebanon is waiting for the vaccine campaign to start, the country has gone through several local and national lockdowns to flatten the curve.

During the months of November, December and January we continued to provide medical assistance to refugees living in the camps. We handed them various medications such as painkillers and antipyretic pills (Panadol, Aspirin), flu medications, hypertension pills, digestive aids, heartburn and anti-nausea medications among others. We also provided financial support to beneficiaries in need of doctor’s appointments and examinations at a clinic or hospital. In these cases INSAN covered transportation costs and examination fees.

Because of the vast spread of Covid-19, high daily death toll and lockdowns almost all the psycho-social support activities were conducted remotely with the help of technology. Internet recharge cards were bought by INSAN and distributed to the beneficiaries so that they would be able to attend the online sessions. Physical intervention were carried out only with some high risk cases were remote online assistance would have been inadequate or impossible.

We sincerely hope that the arrival of vaccines in the coming months will help to put an end to the pandemic and free our already vulnerable beneficiaries from the additional burden.

Thank you for supporting us and the vulnerable communities in Lebanon. 

Best regards, 

The INSAN-team

PSS session with high risk children
PSS session with high risk children
 
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