Lebanon Is Receiving An Additional $8.5M In Relief From The U.N.

Lebanon Is Receiving An Additional $8.5 In Relief From OCHA
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International efforts are continuing to support Lebanon through the heavy aftermath of the Beirut Port explosion, from countries and international organizations alike.

On Thursday, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Najat Rochdi announced that the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is disbursing $8.5M in Lebanon’s support.

The funds will be used to provide direct and rapid support to the families affected by the explosion, Rochdi explained.

“The swift disbursement of $8.5 million from the Lebanese Humanitarian Fund goes directly to NGOs working on the ground to deliver much-needed assistance to the families and communities who so desperately need our support right now.”

Eight international and local NGOs currently contributing to relief efforts in Lebanon will receive these funds and accordingly put them to use to commence 8 relief projects.

These projects include the provision of assistance to healthcare centers, mental health support, and COVID-19-related medical support.

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That is in addition to providing hot meals, food parcels, hygiene, and baby kits to the affected families, as well as emergency cash to the most vulnerable.

“I am further gratified that one hundred percent of this funding goes to NGOs in Beirut who are already working closely with vulnerable communities, ensuring assistance reaches the people who need it most,” Rochdi said.

Previously, UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock announced $6 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund. This sum will be delivered to Lebanon with the aforementioned $8.5 million as $14.5 million in total.

Recently, UNICEF appealed for $46.7 to support 100,000 Lebanese children who have been affected by the blast that tore through Beirut on August 4th.

The961 Foundation is raising funds for the Lebanese Red Cross to help them in their response to this tragic incident. To donate, click here.

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