A Disaster at the Worst Possible Time
On 4th August, a massive explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, killing over 100 people and injuring about 5,000 others. The shockwaves of the explosion have brought serious damage to roads and buildings, leaving some 300,000 people homeless. According to local assessments, as a result of the catastrophe, up to 500,000 people are in dire need of different forms of assistance, such as food, clothing and shelter.
For Lebanon, a country already affected by a severe economic crisis and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the explosion could not have come at a worse time. The education system has already been strained following the influx of refugees from neighbouring Syria. Also, as the economic situation has dramatically worsened in the past three years, food and other commodities have become more and more unaffordable for the average family. Unfortunately, as the explosion destroyed the port, which was the country’s main point of entry for imported goods and supplies, the cost of living for everyone in Lebanon, both nationals and refugees, will become even higher.
Certain parts of Beirut have been left in ruins after the explosion.
World Vision’s Response
World Vision’s own warehouse, which stored supplies of food, medical, educational and hygiene supplies, has been badly damaged in the explosion. In spite of this, we remain committed to doing everything we can to support the people in Beirut. Our immediate response is expected to reach 120,000 people and includes the following:
- Provide temporary shelter and short-term shelter repairs for families that have had their homes damaged
- Distribute food, household items and hygiene supplies for thousands of families who are now homeless and/or hosted in schools and centres that have been set up by local authorities
- Provide psychological support for children and families affected by the explosion
Your donation can make a huge difference:
- HKD $500 can provide three children with Psychological 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
Ever since war broke out in neighbouring Syria in 2011, Lebanon has become one of the major hosts of Syrian refugees. Please consider becoming a World Vision Partner now. With a monthly donation, you can give long-term support to the vulnerable refugees.