With the Beirut port’s explosion that wrecked half the Lebanese capital and stranded hundreds of thousands of people, Beirut would have been an abandoned ghost city today if it wasn’t for the NGOs and the thousands of people who just ran to help, and still do voluntarily.
Since the doomsday of August 4th, they have been relentless on the ground, sheltering, feeding, cleaning up the rubbles, repairing homes, providing necessities, rebuilding, and lending moral and emotional support.
It is the people, whether by individual initiatives or by NGOs’ teams, who have been managing the catastrophe to the best of their limited capabilities, and they have been achieving a lot, nonetheless.
Many NGOs & charities have been involved in the disaster relief for Beirut. Here are some of the most notable ones, with links to their websites for those who wish to volunteer with them or to help them by donating.
A Lebanese hunger relief initiative run by a group of volunteers with a passion and will to fight hunger in Lebanon, FoodBlessed has been doubling its efforts during this catastrophe that befell on Beirut, destroying countless of homes and causing hundreds of thousands of people to become homeless.
The Lebanese Food Bank is a non-profit organization that has been providing thousands of families around Lebanon with food packages.
And, their work did not stop after Beirut’s devastating events. Instead, they’ve been able to provide people in and out of Beirut with food packages and surgical masks to protect themselves from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Basma has been helping rebuilding damaged homes in various areas of Beirut, including Karantina, Bourj Hammoud, Jeitawai, Mar Mikhael, and Rmeil, and distributing food essentials to the impacted families.
The NGO initially focuses on empowering deprived families to reach self-sufficiency.
Lebanon 2.0 is formed of a group of young and dynamic Lebanese who work for a better and stronger Lebanon. They have been preparing daily meals and distributing them to thousands of people in dozens of locations in Beirut, including first responders, health workers in hospitals, and volunteers on the ground.
A group of women started this foundation earlier this year when products’ prices increased exponentially. They’ve been able to feed over 250 families, and after the Beirut explosion, they’re feeding even more.
Basmeh & Zeitooneh, Smile & Olive, is a symbol of happiness, peace, and nourishment. It has been helping all individuals who have been impacted by the explosion by providing them with basic food necessities.
Ahla Fawda, most beautiful mess, is a Lebanese NGO that strives to spread joy throughout Lebanon, and is governed by young volunteers. Now, the organization is spreading joy to Beirut’s citizens by cleaning their homes and renovating them.
Paula Yacoubian, ex-member of parliament, launched the campaign in 2013 in hopes of supporting underprivileged families in Lebanon.
Going by its name, Dafa, meaning warmth, is helping families get through Beirut blast, repairing devastated homes, and providing clothes, food, toys, and electronics to ensure their survival of the upcoming winters.
Ajialouna, meaning our generations, supports underprivileged individuals whom they believe entitled to equal access to basic life necessities. The NGO has been helping hundreds of families, cleaning up and fixing their homes, and providing them with basic hygiene items, especially for women.
Countries like Oman and Kuwait have contributed through Aijalouna to help over 400 families.
Such an explosion can traumatize its victims, and if not treated, its aftermath might haunt them for the rest of their lives. That’s why Embrace is taking this catastrophe’s outcomes seriously and is offering free group sessions, calls, and meetings to help victims overcome this tragedy.