thanks to your help this year we were able to distribute full meals to many more people, in particular to the Lebanese who since the start of the Covid emergency had lost their job and who are passing difficult times. The staff of Aleimar and the kids who we are supporting want to thank you, wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The following link is a video created by our staff and the kids supported in Damour, we hope that the smile of our kids be the best wishes and that this project makes you feel the warmth of their hearts: https://youtu.be/Yn1gKfZqobg
As of today, from the 3rd of January till the 1st of November there have been 642.024 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 8.502 deaths, the total of vaccine doses administered is 3.483.026 (WHO).
Fortunately, the economic situation in Lebanon changed for the better, if in June one Dollar was exchanged for 17.500 Lebanese Liras, today one Dollar is exchanged for 1.507 Lebanese Liras (data of the 2nd of November). Nevertheless, people are still protesting in the streets because the social crisis continue, salaries in LBP remain unchanged and the State is unable to offer any assistance to the most vulnerable. With today’s energetic crisis people are unable to get their most needed medicines, and have to wait for more than 3 hours to get fuel, if they do and the blackouts can last 22 hours. Prices are sharply increasing daily, and most products are now being priced in USD or the daily rate of the parallel market (today for instance 1 USD = 22,500 LBP in the parallel market) whereas the official rate is still 1,500 LBP.
Angry demonstrations and random roadblocks are making the life of the Lebanese people very hard. Everything is happening so quickly that the people are unable to keep pace. The 14th of October a shooting took place in Beirut between the Christian and Muslim neighborhoods during a protest of Shiite formations. Again, we hope that these fighting will calm down for the good of the population who continues to suffer.
Political stagnation, the inability to form a government and the start of the trial on the 2020 Beirut explosion led to the incrimination of various high government officials, something that most of us didn’t expect since the political class for decades has reigned in impunity. We hope that the families of the victims will achieve justice for their losses.
Our local partner “Oui pour la vie” keeps working in order to support Syrian and Lebanese families in Damour area providing full meals and helping them in their daily basic needs. Thanks to your donations, from the 9th of July till the 31st of October we were able to collect 9.930,48 USD Dollars!
Tensions in Lebanon keep going on, in particular in Beirut. The main reason is the deep fall in the value of the local currency, the Lira, as compared to US Dollar. In June one Dollar was exchanged for 17.500 Lebanese Liras, while one year ago one dollar was worth 1.500 Liras. This new negative record pushed Lebanese citizens into the streets in almost every city and region of the country, which organized protests and roadblocks. The army had to intervene and the Red Cross registered about ten wounded people.
For two years Lebanon has been experiencing the worst economic crisis of the last three decades. To this is added the chronic lack of electricity, which has worsened in the last weeks of June. In the most important Covid hospital in Beirut, as many other healthcare structures in the country, electricity supply is lacking 21 hours a day. From this news we can all understand the complex situation of the country and how hardly it is facing this Covid-19 pandemics. According to the World Health Organization, since January 2020 till now there have been more than 540.000 confirmed cases with more than 7.800 deaths. Up to now a little more than a million vaccine doses have been administered.
Moreover, Lebanese authorities have suspended all international flights from and to Lebanon from March till the beginning of July. Precautionary measures are always in place, like the closure of schools and universities, as well as places of worship, cinemas and sport activities.
Our local partner “Oui pour la vie” keeps working in order to support Syrian and Lebanese families in Damour area providing full meals and helping them in their daily basic needs. We want to thank all of you donors for the constant the support, in particular in these difficult moments!
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