The Explosion and its Rippling Effect
On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, killing over 200 people and injuring more than 6,500.
Regarded as a disaster at the worst possible time, the explosion in the Port of Beirut continues to exacerbate the already grim economic and food security situation in Lebanon. With soaring unemployment rates, many families have been struggling to make ends meet, while the Lebanese Pound’s plunge causes prices to rise and poverty rate to surge.World Vision’s Response
Following the blast, based on the findings of the need assessments, World Vision launched a multi-sectoral intervention in the affected communities, covering needs related to shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education, psychosocial support, livelihood, food and cash assistance, and more.
Despite the challenges and access restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as of August 2021, we have reached more than 157,000 people through our response, including:
- Provided more than 18,200 people with food security assistance, including food packages
- Distributed over 3,300 hygiene kits and over 3,800 disinfection kits
- Provided 281 water tanks for households and hospitals, benefitting nearly 2,800 people
- Rehabilitated 607 houses and 22 common spaces and education institutions
- Provided support for 40 micro-businesses to enable them to resume operation
- Provided cash assistance for over 1,000 families to help meet their pressing needs
- Provided about 4,000 children and over 1,300 caregivers with psychosocial support, and delivered about 1,700 psychosocial support kits
Rehabilitating Stones and Souls
This relief response has prompted our team to venture out to communities that are rarely reached. Samir, 42, says, “We are really grateful for today, you are one of the first NGOs that come to help.” Hala, a mother, also comments, “We don’t get any help here, so your presence is very much appreciated, the act of thinking about us warms our hearts.”
The Work Must Continue
The explosion has severely affected the livelihoods and psychosocial well-being of the people of Lebanon. Furthermore, as the country with the world’s largest number of refugees per capita, the economy has long been strained. The explosion, in which the main port of the country was destroyed, has further aggravated the plight, leaving about 2.4 million people (one-third of the population) in need of assistance. 77% of Lebanese families and 99% of Syrian refugee families have indicated that they do not have enough food, or enough money to buy food.
Lebanon is in a dire situation. It takes continued and long-term support for the country to recover. Please consider becoming a World Vision Partner now. With a monthly donation, you can give long-term support to the vulnerable communities.
Soon after the explosion, World Vision Lebanon’s National Director Hans Bederski (right) visited affected families whose homes were greatly damaged.
World Vision helps to rehabilitate a house in Beirut and provide psychosocial support sessions for children through playing games.
The Beirut team distributing food packages for the most vulnerable families in the Nabaa area.
Hit by COVID-19 pandemic and the untimely explosion, the affected communities are devastated and rely very much on external assistance to lessen their hardship.
Being heard and having their immediate needs addressed is a great comfort to the people’s hearts and souls.