Vast swathes of Beirut were destroyed on Tuesday when a massive explosion ravaged the Lebanese capital. The explosion, attributed to 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port, sent a shock wave through the city that smashed windows and collapsed rooftops. The death toll is at least 135, with around 5,000 injured.
The governor of Beirut estimated the cost of the damage at more than $ 3 billion and said up to 300,000 people suffered damage to their homes, leaving some uninhabitable.
The disaster hit a country already struggling with a plummeting economy, rising food prices and the coronavirus pandemic.
Here is a list of organizations soliciting donations to help victims in Lebanon:
The Lebanese Red Cross:
The Lebanese Red Cross (CRL) is an independent organization focused on disaster prevention and relief. It is the main provider of ambulances in Lebanon and relies on volunteers. The LRC has played a pivotal role in treating those injured in the nationwide protests that began in October last year and the coronavirus pandemic this year, as well as in the treatment and transportation of people following the the explosion. Its services are provided free of charge to those in need.
Donate here: https://www.supportlrc.app/donate/
Lebanese food bank
The explosion destroyed grain elevators that contained around 85% of the country’s grain supply. Lebanese Economy Minister Raoul Nehme said wheat from the granaries in the port of Beirut could not be used and the ministry had lost track of seven employees at the site. He said the food was on its way. Up to 80% of the country’s food is imported, most of it via the port destroyed by the explosion.
Food prices had already risen by up to 80% due to the country’s economic crisis, and there are fears that many people who were already living in food-insecure households are struggling. Before the explosion, the World Food Program estimated that 49% of Lebanese “were worried about access to food”.
Deputy United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq said on Wednesday: “We expect the damage to the port to significantly worsen the economic and food security situation in Lebanon.”
The Lebanese food bank runs feeding programs that distribute dry food packages and collect food donations from hotels and restaurants.
Donate here: https://donate.lebanesefoodbank.org/
Impact Lebanon raises funds from the Lebanese diaspora (which outnumber the Lebanese living in the country) and is currently raising funds specifically to house people whose homes were destroyed by the explosion. The money donated will be used to pay for hotel or apartment costs, the charity said.
Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/impact-lebanon
The organization is also leading a general fundraising campaign for disaster relief for Beirut.
Beit el Baraka
Beit el Baraka runs a free supermarket, as well as medical bills and housing for those in need. Its founder, Maya Chams Ibrahimchah, told L’Orient le Jour:
“Beit el-Baraka operates on three levels: the supermarket where you can with grace and dignity, choose what you need, the apartments which are restored free of charge and for which we pay the rent and the medical treatments, which include surgeries, medication and dental care. that the doctors – who support the association – provide patients.
Following the explosion, he is also working to repair damaged houses.
Donate here: https://beitelbaraka.net/donation/pay/
Amel is a non-profit organization that provides health and psychology services, supporting refugees (many of whom live and work in Beirut) as well as Lebanese citizens. He manages several primary health care centers in Beirut and collects food and cash donations.
Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-fund-for-lebanon