The Need: An enormous explosion ripped through Beirut in early August 2020. Thousands were injured and sadly many died. Beirut's governor says that over 300 000 residents have lost their homes as a result of the blast in the capital of Lebanon. Despite the Christian community also being hard hit by the blast they immediately formed volunteer clean-up teams to assist with cleaning up the debris, shattered glass and broken buildings - including a hospital. But these teams needed our help in order to be safe.
We supplied much needed protective gear like hard hats and gloves, and equipment such as shovels and brooms in order to do the work. Many of the buildings were unstable and the teams needed hard hats so that they would not sustain any head injuries, and gloves to pick the glass and rubble.We also supplied trucks to take away the rubble.
Many people lacked food and clean water as their homes were completely destroyed. The city itself was reeling from the blast with basic infrastructure severely damaged and the city was unable to cope with the amount of needs at this time. Together with our local partner teams we were able to distribute emergency food aid to those in desperate need and protect the volunteer teams helping with the clean-up across the city.