A Year Later: The Beirut Port Blast
On August 4, 2020, an explosion in a Beirut port caused havoc and confusion throughout the city: 300,000 people were displaced; 6,000 people were injured; and 190 people were killed. A year later, there are still a lot of questions about what or who caused the blast, and how to prevent it from ever happening again. The government has declared a national day of mourning to commemorate this painful disaster, which is still affecting thousands of families.
“The blast was extremely powerful and devastated many parts of the city; the destruction was everywhere. However, the impact and damage were most significant in poor neighborhoods where people were already living in very dire conditions. Many residents had no choice but to live in what was left of their old houses, which were often seriously damaged by the explosion,” said Tariq Al Bizri, Islamic Relief acting Country Director in Lebanon. “Thousands of people lost their jobs as prominent businesses and companies were also destroyed in the explosion and never re-opened. Unemployment has increased since then, which has worsened the situation.”
The explosion came at a time when Lebanese residents were already facing Covid-19 lock downs, financial crisis, extreme electricity outages, massive trash dilemmas, and even famine.
Islamic Relief has had a long history of serving those in need in Lebanon, and, when this emergency set in, IR teams and donors moved quickly to help, providing aid and support to tens of thousands of those affected, including distributing emergency food and hygiene kits to the survivors to address immediate needs, and set up rehabilitation programs to provide effective aid over the long haul.
And now, a year later, Islamic Relief is still providing support in the form of shelter rehabilitation and distributing food parcels, as well as working on sustainable solutions for vulnerable families facing long-standing economic issues.
This is the power of your donations. Please keep our sisters and brothers in Lebanon in your prayers as they continue down the long path to a full recovery, and continue to support humanitarian work by donating.
We Need YOUR Help
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Lebanon a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$100 can provide food aid for a family
$225 can provide vital relief to emergency survivors
$500 can implement livelihood programs to set up women-led households for success
$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities
Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Lebanon
Islamic Relief has been working in Lebanon since 2006 in response to a humanitarian crisis caused by war. We then focused on reconstruction efforts like hospital rehabilitation and water facility repairs. Islamic Relief Lebanon opened to continue long-term efforts.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Lebanon
- Supporting heart surgeries for children in need
- Providing emergency aid in response to natural disasters and harsh weather
- Delivering supplies to refugee families living in camps
What happens when you join the fundraising movement?
When you make the decision to help fundraise for the effort, you go beyond just thoughts and prayers. This increased IMPACT is priceless, because it means we’re able to meet more needs of those who are waiting for us to lend a helping hand.
And if you're reading this message, it's because you want to go beyond the call the duty. For you, it's not enough to just keep those children in your thoughts and prayer. You want to double your impact by helping to sponsor these emergency efforts and helping deliver aid to those affected by creating a fundraising page. Get started by creating your page today!
We’re so glad you came. Just scroll to the top of the page and click "become a fundraiser" to setup your page and start promoting to your network via e-mail, social media, and your preferred messaging app. Even with a goal as small as $50, you can provide urgent food aid for families.