Help us help Beirut
On 4 August 2020, an explosion occurred at the port of Beirut. More than 190 people died, 6,000 were injured, some of them critically, and about 300,000 people lost their homes within moments.
The explosion left us all in shock, but the very next day the idea of starting our own relief campaign was born. Together with a Lebanese friend whom we had met during our social year in Lebanon, we started the project BOXES FOR BEIRUT. We German students take care of the financing of the project, whilst our friends in Lebanon are responsible for the implementation. The foundation for BOXES FOR BEIRUT was laid.
When the project received more support than initially expected, we expanded our goals.
Our help on site is now divided into three phases:
1. Packing and distributing food boxes with staple food
2. Packing and distributing boxes with hygiene products
3. Reconstruction of people's homes
In the meantime, our management team has also grown from the original five people to eight and we have a task force of +10 people on site.
Future plans may involve the distribution of school supplies (pens, notebooks, etc.) to children.
WHAT YOUR MONEY CAN DO
A window for Paul and his family
We met Paul and his family while distributing boxes in Gemmayze, one of the worst affected areas. After supplying them with a food box and a hygiene box, they invited BOXES FOR BEIRUT to visit them. The whole family lives together in a very small place, there are two rooms for seven people. The mother and one daughter are seriously ill.
They told us about the explosion, the loud noise and how suddenly all of the windows burst and the whole house shook.
We learn that one month after the explosion they still refuse to have the improvised plastic sheets replaced by windows due to fear of another explosion. We implored them to overcome their fear and to get proper windows, especially since winter is coming fast.
A week later they agreed to get the new windows. Two weeks later BOXES FOR BEIRUT has provided the windows which are immediately installed and now the house is sealed again.
We will continue to visit the family in the future and support them with our boxes.