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.
On the 4th of August 2020, a massive blast devastated the capital city of Beirut, killing more than 200 persons and injuring more than 6000. 3 major hospitals were devastated and closed with all patients being evacuated in the hours following the blast, and thousands of homes have been damaged leaving many people without shelter. This crisis occurred while Lebanon is heavily affected by multiple overlapping crisis: the COVID19 Pandemic, an economic collapse, and a refugee crisis.
With an estimated 50,000 families affected, LRC has already conducted 39,000 door-to-door assessments and has selected the 10,000 most vulnerable amongst the affected families. LRC is providing each of these families with 300 USD of aid (in US dollars) every month for at least 7 months, so that they can meet their basic needs, from purchasing food, to repairing their homes or buying medication.
The project is geared towards helping 10,000 families recover from the devastating impact of the explosion as soon as possible, helping them to address their own needs in all dignity and without distinction of race, color or creed.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Main website of the Lebanese Red Cross
Experiences of the first arriving teams
Logistics of the Beirut Port explosion