This Is What The Lebanese Canadian Coalition Just Did In Blast-Stricken Beirut

@Greg_Galligan | Mohamad Fakih

Right after the Beirut blast, Lebanese business leaders in Canada prompted to form a Coalition to raise funds and assist the victims of Beirut.

The Lebanese Canadian Coalition (LCC) has raised so far about $6 Million, a fundraiser efforts that the Canadian government will match until August 24th.

To ensure that the money will be given fairly to those in need, co-founder of the LCC Mohammad Fakih flew to Beirut with a small team in a 4-day visit, which just ended on Saturday.

 

On the first day of his tour, Fakih went alongside the UN and visited the destroyed port and the areas surrounding it.

When asked by the Global News on what he saw on the capital’s street, Fakih revealed that the scenes are more serious than what the media has made them out to be.

“Almost 50% of Beirut is destroyed and will need $10 billion to recover,” Fakih said in one of his interviews.

 

While being interviewed by Lebanese reporters in the street, a scene unfurled of people yelling at a family to leave their home since the building is prone to collapse.

But, the family insisted on staying since they’ve got nowhere else to go.

Poignant, heartbreaking… That’s what is happening in Beirut…

“People have lost their homes and have no place to stay,” Fakih said. “And those who are staying in their demolished houses have no doors and windows to feel safe. People are in need of help, other than food donations, to get that sense of safety back.”

In a recorded communication from Beirut with the mayor of Mississauga, Bonni Crombie, Fakih recounted that story he had witnessed and pointed out at how serious the destruction of Beirut is:

It is worth mentioning here that Mohammad Fakih is the recipient of the Key of The City of Mississauga, “Mississauga’s most prestigious honor,” according to Mayor Crombie.

Moving on with his mission in Beirut, Fakish coordinated with 8 different agencies in Lebanon, ensuring that the Canadian donations were going to the most vulnerable.

He even participated in preparing 10,000 hot meals with the World Central Kitchen. “Helping always makes me feel good about the future,” Fakih said in that regard.

While continuing to strategize for the LCC’s next move, he met with the Lebanese Red Cross to discuss what is needed for the community.

Fakih and his team also took part in overseeing the distribution of 12,500 tons of wheat, grain, and cereal from the World Food Program (WFP), and supervised the food boxes coming from Canada, in coordination with the Canadian embassy, at one of the WFP distribution centers.

 

Throughout his tour, Fakih kept being impressed with the Lebanese spirit and how the people are facing this tremendous hardship in unity, working hard together to rebuild their blast-stricken capital.