Lebanese citizens have proven lately to be some of the most proactive people at adapting during tough times. From the revolution to the pandemic, the people are there for each other through thick and thin.
Many have been providing food for the needy, whether through organizations or by personal initiatives. Others are creating medical solutions and financial solutions.
Here are some of the remarkable ways in which Lebanese people are proactively helping during the pandemic:
#1 They raised over $1 Million to feed families in need
Beit El Baraka and the Lebanese Food Bank headed a campaign to raise money to feed families living below the poverty line. On the first day of the fundraiser, Lebanese people quarantined in their homes contributed a total of one million dollars in just one hour.
Providing food boxes for families in need is great, but imagine giving them the power to grow their own food and grow enough to sustain themselves. Daleel Thawra has called for help to support small farmers to allow them to sustain their production and survive the economic crisis.
#4 Some are not waiting for NGOs and govt to help feed the needy
An LAU student Widad Taleb took it upon herself to raise money on social media to send food boxes with essential ingredients to support impoverished families in Akkar.
Her campaign proved that one person can make a big difference and that Lebanese people are eager to help each other during these very difficult times.
#5 Creating a Robot to Assist the Elderly in Quarantine
Although the Lebanese programmer initially created this satellite-controlled robot for a different purpose, he soon worked to adjust its features during the pandemic, turning it into a multi-features’ assistant for the self-quarantined elderly.
#6 Exempting Public Transport Drivers from Paying Mechanic Fees
Lebanese people around the world are joining hands in creating Jobs For Lebanon. It is an online marketplace where Lebanese agencies and companies abroad can hire freelancers in Lebanon to try and solve the country’s unemployment issue, especially now during the lockdown.
#10 Some Lebanese in France are working on a cure for the pandemic
A group of doctors and medical students from all over Lebanon are in France working on a cure for the pandemic. Their recent experiment reportedly involved 1061 infected individuals, 91% of whom reacted positively with the tested cure.
#11 A small dressmaking workshop turned its work into producing hazmats
#14 A Lebanese team created a ventilator that can be connected to multiple patients
A medical team of volunteers in Lebanon created a ventilator that can be shared by four people. It is a cautious and risky measure but would deem useful in desperate times should patients require more artificial respiration than is available.
#15 Balamand University donated food to hundreds of families
#18 Workshops online are taking place to provide emotional support to the public
Emotional support workshops are happening regularly as more and more people learn the importance of mental health and seek to de-stress themselves during these anxiety-provoking times.
#19 A store is giving free wedding dresses to doctors and nurses
Esposa felt the need to express gratitude to the doctors and nurses who are working to fight against the virus. They sympathized with those whose weddings are coming up this summer and decided to offer free wedding dresses as a gesture of appreciation for all their hard work.
#20 The volunteers of the Red Cross have been relentless
The Lebanese Red Cross volunteers have been an integral player during the pandemic. They are putting their lives on the line, around the clock, helping save lives as they rush to the aid of infected patients.
The Lebanese people recognize that anything they could do to help matters, whether small actions or major ones, and that it’s in their unity that they will overcome this crisis.
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