Over the last four days HHRD’s Emergency Response Team, with our vetted partner NGOs, has been active on the ground providing victims of the Beirut blasts hot meals, medical assistance, dignity hygiene kits and clean water. Our teams are on the ground in the areas of Karantina, Fassouh, Mar Mikhael, Salim Slem, Rmeil, Achrafieh and other areas of Downtown Beirut.
We are assisting victims, Syrian refugees, and other local needy families affected by the August 4th blasts. Our vetted partner NGO has established an HHRD Tent in front of Masjid Mohammad AL Ameen. This has become our Point of Distribution (POD) for affected families to collect essentials such as hot meals, dignity kits (food ration + hygiene items, and more.
A massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4th claiming the lives of 160, injuring over 6,000, and affecting almost 300,000 people. Search and rescue operations are underway as the death toll continues to rise. A two-week state of emergency has been declared, with an observance of three days of mourning.
The Helping Hand for Relief and Development team would like to express its sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and those who fell victim to this horrific incident.
HHRD has launched its “Lebanon Humanitarian Fund” as we work with our vetted partner NGOs to provide medical supplies, hot meals, bottled water, and dry food parcels.
With saddened hearts, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lebanon. May peace and comfort find them during this difficult time (Aameen).
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Situation on the Ground:
The country of Lebanon was already struggling with hospitals at capacity with COVID-19 patients along with civil unrest due to an ongoing economic crisis. With tensions, already on the rise, this explosion has exacerbated the crisis faced by the Lebanese people daily.
The explosion generated seismic waves equivalent to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. The port of Beirut is the main entry point for imports and because of the explosion will be shut down further haltering relief operations. The blast severely damaged local residences with an estimated 300,000 people losing their homes due to the resulting shock waves of the blast.
According to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with more than one million Syrian refugees, Lebanon has the most concentrated per capita refugee population in the whole world. Close to 10,000 Iraqi and 475,000 Palestinian refugees also live in Lebanon.
Despite a high literacy rate of 95%, in 2019 th World Bank cautioned a rise in the poverty-stricken population from 33% to 50% due to instability in the country. With arrival of COVID-19 pandemic, situation has gone from bad to worse, as the unemployment rate now stands at 25%.
HHRD Work in The Region:
HHRD has been doing humanitarian assistance programs and projects in Lebanon since 2013 through credible vetted partner NGOs, with proper due diligence through our Registered International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Subsidiary Office of Jordan.
These initiatives in Lebanon include projects for the Syrian Refugees, such as the Support Program for School & University Education, Caravan of Hope Homes & Schools, Washrooms, Water for Life, Healthcare, Ramadan Food, Qurbani/Udhiya, Winter Provisions, Emergency Relief, and In-Kind Gifts.
Also for local Lebanese and Palestinian Refugees, HHRD has been doing In-Kind Gifts and yearly seasonal projects such as Ramadan Food, Qurbani/Udhiya, and Winter Provisions
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In the face of poverty and volatility, Lebanon is need of assistance from fellow human beings across the globe. The situation is fluid and we will continue to provide updates on across our platforms as we receive them.