Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees
Provide meals for Syrian and Lebanese refugees

In the last few months Lebanon is facing a compounded crisis: the economic and financial collapse, the political impasse, the massive explosion that caused a real human tragedy in August and the destruction of the port of Beirut (dense residential and commercial areas nearby), will have negative long-term implications at the national level.

Last but not least, the emergency caused by Covid-19 pandemics has exacerbated the structural vulnerabilities of the country. Lockdown led to the dramatic rise in unemployment and in essential goods’ prices. According to the World Health Organization the deaths caused by the Virus have been more than 5000 so far and the vaccination campaign is just beginning. Lebanese authorities have extended internal closures of commercial activities and transports till March 2021. Controls of armed and security forces have increased because protest demonstrations and roadblocks are even more likely, leading to tensions and violence.

Almost three quarters of households do not have sufficient resources to afford the costs of food, shelter, medical care and education. Almost a quarter of the citizens wants to emigrate and at the same time the life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is characterized by fear, desperation and constant intimidations. The exchange rate between dollar and Lebanese Lira has rocketed (if one and a half year ago one dollar corresponded to 1500 Liras, nowadays it coincides to 9.400 Liras) and depreciation is about 84%. The result is that all prices have multiplied by seven/eight times.

During Christmas time volunteers of “Oui pour la Vie” worked hard in order to deliver food, medicines and gifts to the children, despite all the difficulties and the increasing fear of being infected. The local healthcare is indeed often inefficient, expensive and a lot of people cannot afford it. For these reasons all the volunteers are providing concrete help and food to the beneficiaries families as well as a more moral and psychological support that can bring them a little hope for the future.

We want to thank everyone that is supporting us and that is allowing Damour kitchen to continue to operate, always by the side of the most vulnerable Lebanese families.

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Dear donor, thank you for your contribution to Lebanon.

The explosion that shook Beirut on August 4 has exacerbated the economic situation of the country: the Lebanese lira had already lost 80% of its purchase power and Covid-19 had started spreading among the population that was already worn out by the consequences of the Syrian crisis. As a consequence of the terrible deflagration, about 200 people are dead, 500 are wounded and over 300 thousand are displaced, and one-third of them are children. Thousands of residents, and especially the elderly, are still traumatized and struggle to leave their damaged houses to the point that they even end up sleeping in the street. A significant number of families have moved in temporary accommodations, or they share shelters with other families in unstable living conditions where looting and violence episodes are not rare.

For the sake of hygiene and prevention of the spread of the virus, the volunteers of the association "Oui pour la vie" can no longer prepare warm meals in the canteen, but their commitment has not stopped: after the tragic event that took place in August, they have intensified their aid activities to the most vulnerable, independently of their origin, through the distribution of basic food boxes containing long-life or packaged products.

The association headquarters are indeed only 17 kilometres away from Beirut and the volunteers, despite the deep economic crisis that deprived them of most of their income, are working hard to help the poor and the needy (even with their own personal resources) in the full spirit of solidarity and sharing that has always characterized the association.

From this picture, the dramatic situation that Lebanese families and children are currently experiencing clearly emerges. We have already been able to do a lot thanks to your support, but we have to continue to provide our contribution to the local population: stand by us in this challenge!

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Dear Donor;

In our last report we told you about the tragic incidents faced by the population in Damour.
In addition to this situation, the inhabitants could not escape the new pandemic which resulted in the lockdown throughout the country: poverty!

Currently the lockdown is over but it has caused a worsening of poverty conditions due to rising prices and lack of work.

On our side, the canteen service is having a hard time reopening its doors. Not only people are still afraid of contagion so they don't come but, on the other hand, the lack of food and lack of work creates a climate of distress and stress.

This is why we need your help to continue to guarantee our canteen service in the best way we can.

 Thank you!

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Lebanon and the Damour region in particular are going through a very difficult period. First of all because of the strong fires that devastated much of this area last October, where the families supported by Aleimar live.

The families have fled their homes to seek refuge in the Church. About two hours later the flames also reached the Church and all the people who took refuge there also had to escape from there.

The houses not reached by the flames remained open all night to give refuge to those who ran away. Being a small town, the inhabitants help each other, especially in emergency situations like this.

Nothing like this had ever happened in Damour, a country that surely experienced difficult times in the past because of the War, but for many children this experience was traumatic and will remain in their memory forever.

About 2 or 3 days after these incredible fires, demonstrations against the government also began, which developed very quickly becoming national in scope, asking for the government to be dismissed due to corruption. The rebels occupied the streets during the night and sometimes even during the day. Schools, banks and offices have been closed for weeks. 

The already unstable and precarious economic situation worsened very quickly. To date, for the first time in more than 20 years, the Lebanese Lira has lost a lot of value. All international wire transfers have been blocked and suppliers are no longer able to procure any type of goods to carry on the trade and the normal activities of the country.

All products, including basic necessities, have increased in price and many people have lost their jobs. Small businesses have fallen apart and the situation has become unsustainable in no time. The government eventually succumbed and resigned. They are currently trying to rebuild a new one, as people have been protesting for months now. The situation is critical, the Lebanese are preparing for the worst and are buying all the basic necessities that they are able to find to face the near future, they know that difficult times await them.

Our volunteers are doing the impossible, given the very limited availability of money to be withdrawn from the banks and the greatly increased cost of the raw materials needed to cook meals.
Now more than ever, our help is truly essential for these families who are raising their children in a country where nothing, not even bread, is taken for granted!

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Our local partner "Oui pour la Vie" is doing a wonderful work in Damour, Lebanon, providing meals for Lebanese and Syrian refugees! 

“Oui pour la Vie” volunteers adopt a reverse course of action in helping those in need, knocking on doors instead of waiting for people to come knock on theirs. When they go to the poorest streets and houses, they work to meet the basic needs of people, such as the need for food, regardless of their nationality, class or religion.

Their work is fundamental in a context such as the one of Damour. In fact, given the Syran crisis, Lebanon is hosting an ever increasing number of refugees: UNHCR only has registered more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees being hosted in the country. As the crisis of the region continues, pressure grows and relationships between refugees and host communities change. There are clear signs that refugees are become more and more vulnerable. 

What's more is that in October, Lebanese people had to face an additional difficulty: wildfires. For a whole week, Lebanon was swept by catastrophic flames from out of control wildfires. It was estimated that more than 3000 acres of trees have been burned down. Some people even lost their lives while fighting the fires. 

This is why the work of Aleimar and Oui Pour la Vie is becoming absolutely vital and fundamental. Food is a basic necessity for everyone, and nobody should be ever be deprived of it! 

So thank you, from the bottom of our heart. It is thanks to you we have the chance to support all of these families in need. 


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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Twitter: @AleimarOdV
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Milano Italy
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