To respond to the massive blasts that occurred on the 4th of August 2020 in Beirut, Jafra Foundation, with the help of its volunteers, acted in 2 stages. At first, volunteers and staff provided an emergency response through Jafra’s Waste Management experience gained in the camps; for weeks, volunteers worked tirelessly to remove rubble and glass from streets and from the homes in the affected neighborhoods.
GlobalGiving fundings gave Jafra the opportunity to work more extensively by renting transportations for the teams to reach the affected places, trucks for debris removal and transportation to landfills away from the inhabited areas. Safety equipment toolkits were provided to the volunteers and professional toolkits were provided to professionals who worked on fixing doors and windows for the most vulnerable inhabitants living in the zone of the explosion.
In total, approximately 2000 inhabitants benefited from the debris and dust removal while 15 households benefited from windows and doors fixing. Recently, Jafra selected 2 vulnerable households who benefited from a more extensive fixing work as their apartment needed a complete repair. The 2 apartments received windows, doors, along with all the necessary elements like the door-frames, in addition to wall fixing and repainting.
Jafra is closing the appeal to turn to different programming but with a continuous dedication to meet the needs of the vulnerable populations affected by the multiple challenges Lebanon is facing. Jafra Foundation is investing efforts on Rooftop Planting and will soon propose new fundraisings through GlobalGiving.
Jafra thanks you for the generous contributions made in Beirut is our Star project and will keep you informed of its next projects very soon.
After Beirut blasts occurred on the 4th of August 20, Jafra immediately got ready to participate the efforts to remove rubbles from streets, community buildings and individual properties. A bit under-equipped at first, Jafra, thanks to the immediate international mobilization and the financial help got through GlobalGiving, was able to gather the necessary tools and skills to respond to the most urgent material needs.
In addition to the necessary stock of masks and safety equipments against COVID-19, Jafra teams rented transportations to get to the affected neighborhoods, we rented trucks for debris removal and debris transportation to landfills. Furthermore, toolkits were provided to the volunteers such as gloves, brooms and scoops but also to professionals to allow them handle the repair of doors and windows.
An approximate number of 2000 inhabitants benefited from Jafra's help regarding the debris an dust removals. 15 households could benefit from doors and windows fixing. A lot is still to be done. Many households are still awaiting to recover a safe home environment; doors, windows, roofs are still missing in a still injured Beirut!
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