LEBANON DISASTER RELIEF | BEIRUT, LEBANON
PROJECT GOAL: DISASTER RELIEF FOR FAMILIES IN LEBANON
Due to the Beirut explosion disaster, the need for disaster relief is immediate. This Project will provide a combination of food supplies, medical care, shelter assistance and home/facility repairs. We will be working with the same partners that we collaborated with to launch Medical Life Centers in Lebanon.
On August 4, a massive explosion took place at the Port in Beirut that resulted in a destructive cloud of toxic gas and shock-waves that destroyed many houses in Beirut. As of now more than 175 people have been confirmed killed and more than 6,000 have been wounded. It currently seems that the blast was from 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate (fertilizer). The devastation to the whole city has been unimaginable.
The injured were rushed to overrun hospitals, many of which were damaged as well. Massive numbers of homes have been damaged and are uninhabitable. Several reports are saying 300,000 people are homeless across the city and are in need of immediate shelter.
This tragedy comes on top of many other major difficulties facing the country. The Syrian War Crisis has led to more than 1 million refugees to settle in Lebanon. A major economic crisis where the country's debt crisis had already reached its breaking point. Inflation has shot through the roof as the currency's value has plummeted and the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns caused schools and businesses to shut down. The poverty level has now reached 60%. The destroyed port also contained 85% of the wheat of the country and other food items. Lebanon imports virtually all of its food so this is a devastating blow to its food supply chain.
The Brooklyn Tabernacle has been involved in Lebanon since 2012, and has sent regular medical teams to Lebanon since then. We will be partnering with World Compassion Fellowship (WCF) and other local ministries to provide Disaster Relief to those that need it most.