The Explosion and its Rippling Effect
On 4th August, a massive explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, killing over 180 people and injuring more than 6,500. The shockwaves of the explosion have brought serious damage to roads and buildings, leaving some 1,000,000 people in need of some form of assistance.
Regarded as a disaster at the worst possible time, the explosion in the Port of Beirut continues to exacerbate the grim economic and food security situation in Lebanon even months after. With soaring unemployment rates and salary cuts, many families have been struggling to make ends meet. The Lebanese Pound is deteriorating in its value daily, causing prices to rise and poverty rate to surge. At the same time, a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, which was already on an upward trend since before the explosion, continues to strain the country’s already overstretched health systems.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 12 Feb 2021, we have reached 93,045 people through various supports, including:
- 14,579 people received food security assistance, including food packages
- 2,204 hygiene kits and 2,804 disinfection kits distributed
- 1,050 children and 534 caregivers received community-based psychosocial support, and 1,611 psychosocial support kits delivered
- Blankets, mattresses and tarpaulins provided to affected families, benefitting 1,421 people
- 129 water tanks provided to households and hospitals, benefitting 2,071 people
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.”
Our Next Step
Apart from the continuing interventions, looking ahead, we plan to start rehabilitating the schools impacted by the blast and equip them with adequate water and hygiene spaces. We will also look into addressing the long term impact that the explosion may have on the psychosocial wellbeing of children and caregivers.
Your donation can make a huge difference:
- HKD $500 can provide three children with psychosocial support kits, which include toys, learning materials and hygiene items
- HKD $1,200 can provide food packages for two families
- HKD $3,200 can provide a household shelter repair Kit
Please donate now to support the people in Lebanon during this difficult time.Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Need Your Continued Support
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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.