As of August 04, 2020, over 4,000 were injured in the Beirut warehouse explosion. A state of emergency has been declared in Lebanon.
Lebanon needs your help and your assistance.
“Lebanon is at great risk for a food crisis. Both the Human Rights Watch and the World Bank are predicting that over half of Lebanese households may not be able to afford to purchase food by the end of the year. A full collapse of the Lebanese pound has left thousands of Lebanese unemployed, desperate, and hungry. More than 220,000 jobs in the private sector have been lost since mid-October, and the unrest among the people has reached its boiling point.” — Wejdan Jarrah, UMR’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Representative
As it will take time for Lebanon to fully recover from the explosion, the sharp economic collapse, and the overall political unrest throughout the country, this country needs as much extra help as possible. When you give, your donations are supplying doctors with the medical supplies they need to save lives, providing mothers with food to feed their children, and sharing with the elderly pain medication that they can no longer afford– and that’s a start.
Here’s how your contribution to UMR’s emergency campaign will support Lebanon:
Emergency Medical Intervention:
UMR already shipped its first medical shipment by air to Lebanon. Each health kit will help 10,000 people receive medical aid for 3 months. These emergency health kits include vital items such as:
- Pain medication
- Surgical instruments
- Trays and more
UMR has been working in Lebanon for years, providing cash assistance, food parcels, fresh meat, and medical assistance to the poorest areas of the country. UMR is conducting food parcel distributions carrying items such as:
- Tomato paste and more
Each package typically feeds a family of 5 for an entire month.
- The cost of household staples have risen up to nearly 70% — butter now sells for $8.00 USD, powdered milk costs $40.00 USD, and diapers cost up to $43.00 USD
- Over 2.2 million people are living in poverty in Lebanon. According to The World Bank, food insecurity numbers reinstate that “poverty levels could reach as high as 50% if the economic situation worsens.”
- More than 220,000 jobs in the private sector have been lost since mid-October, and the unrest among the people has reached its boiling point.
UMR volunteers are organized on the ground in Beirut to help clean up the city and restore its peace. Cleaning up the debris from the streets is vital for the country to begin to heal.
As the country begins to rebuild after the explosion, Lebanon faces countless roadblocks.
An estimated 300,000 people are now homeless, more than half of the population is facing poverty, and hospitals are operating without electricity as doctors fight to save the thousands of people caught in the explosion. As the spread of COVID-19 overwhelms the region, unemployment rises to over 30%, and overcrowded hospitals oversee mortality rates, Lebanon now finds itself in the middle of a humanitarian disaster.
Our dedicated team has identified and begun construction on apartmentsin Beirut. We are on track to repair 40-50 apartments per week to ensure that families can safely quarantine.
UMR is restoring homes and apartments by rebuilding windows, doors, and more that were shattered in the blast. We are doing this by employing local workers and providing opportunities and jobs to people who need it most.As COVID-19 cases continue to hit historical daily highs in Lebanon, and with winter on the horizon and cold rains threatening to make matters worse, we are ask you to consider making a donation to support our work.
“It still feels as if it happened yesterday. The exhaustion, the fear every time we hear something loud; the frustration, the worries… it’s still all there, and it will always remain there.
Your donations will allow us to expand and intensify our life-saving efforts for as long as it takes to rebuild this country.”
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