Lebanon is facing a worsening economic crisis, resulting in a fuel shortage crippling the entire nation. A massive cutout of electricity has left people with less than 3 – 6 hours of access a day.
Hospitals are closing doors as they do not have fuel to run essential equipment, leaving patients with nowhere to turn. With an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, there is a huge concern as hospitals are unable to admit severe cases nor provide medication. Medications for life-threatening illnesses are no longer available in pharmacies.
The ongoing economic crisis has caused an approximate 90% decline in the value of the Lebanese pound. People are struggling to purchase essential medicine, fuel, and gasoline. Bread has become a rare commodity as bakeries are no longer able to produce it.
Worsened conditions have left Lebanon in dire need of aid and on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.
Islamic Relief is on the ground in Lebanon. Donate now to help save lives and bring urgent relief.
On August 4 2020, a huge explosion in the Port of Beirut left hundreds dead, thousands injured, and an estimated 200,000 people were left homeless. Footage shared on social media showed the moment a building several storeys high exploded, sending an enormous shockwave across the city that shattered windows, shook buildings and destroyed homes.
For a country already in a social, economic and health crisis all at once, the effects of the Beirut seaport blast were disastrous. The port was a major lifeline responsible for 80% of Lebanon’s food needs, further devastating the country.
A year after the deadly explosions affected Beirut, Islamic Relief is still on the ground, supporting over 9,000 people and counting.
When disaster struck, we were quick to react, carrying out a needs assessment and immediately funding life saving projects. As part of the Humanitarian Coalition, our response was strengthened by Canada’s leading agencies coming together as one, and even more so by the government matching fund.
Through your generosity, Islamic Relief was able to support both short-term emergency projects and long-term development projects. Our response focused on 4 sectors, including Shelter, Water Sanitation, and Hygiene, Protection, and Livelihood Support.
Your donations ensured people had safe homes to return to. We rebuilt walls, removed debris, painted and rehabilitated homes. Providing safe clean water was prioritized, and gender-sensitive hygiene kits including soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and sanitary pads were distributed.
We committed ourselves to sustainable livelihood support for the people of Lebanon by providing income-generating resources like livestock, feed, and medicines to support small-holder farmers in rural communities.
Your donations funded an immediate emergency response and wider long-term rehabilitation.