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On August 4, 2020, two explosions rocked the port city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, killing over 150 people and shattering the lives of countless more as homes, offices,vehicles and other property were destroyed.
The country, which was already under pressure as a result of a struggling economy and the Covid-19 pandemic, is now in an unprecedented state of crisis.
The following organisations are raising funds and coordinating efforts to provide relief to the country in these difficult times. We encourage you to contribute on an ongoing basis, if possible, since it will take time and considerable resources for the country to stabilise.
This list is constantly being updated with any new information related to such efforts.
The Lebanese Red Cross Society is led by volunteers, whose mission is to provide relief to victims of natural and human disasters, and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, and to mitigate the suffering of the most vulnerable.
Impact Lebanon was set up to make activism and volunteering accessible, relevant and sustainable for the Lebanese diaspora. They have partnered with 3QA, a third party quality assurance organisation to vet the organisations to which they will be donating funds.
Offrejoie is a voluntary movement across the country of Lebanon with a footprint in France and Iraq. Over the years, Offrejoie developed different approaches to tackle the continuing challenges of Lebanon. At its core are the consistent practice of the values of love, respect, and forgiveness and voluntary service. They are focussed on rebuilding homes during this crisis.
Arc En Ciel a Lebanese based non-profit NGO, which supports Lebanon’s most underprivileged and marginalized communities, regardless of religion, political affiliation or nationality. It is focussed on five core programs – agriculture and environment, mobility and health, responsible tourism, social support and youth empowerment.
Bassma is focussed on feeding, educating and empowering struggling families to help them reach self-sufficiency. They have several programs that rehabilitate destitute families, provide social assistance for the elderly, reintegrate abused children, women and the elderly, and increase awareness of poverty among youth and local communities. You can choose to support one of their 24 different campaigns or give a general donation.
Nusaned is a humanitarian, community-based and volunteer organisation that works specifically to rebuild houses, ensure food security with sustainable agriculture and build self-sustaining communities. During the pandemic, they have also been distributing hygiene kits, meals and face masks to those in need.
Sesobel works exclusively with individuals and especially with children who have special needs and disabilities. They have programs to support families who have special-needs children and to help them live their life to the fullest.