As the search for survivors continues, aid groups have mobilized from all over the world to help the thousands of people wounded by the August 4 Beirut blast, and the hundreds of thousands of others who have been made homeless.
For those looking for ways to give support, here is a trustworthy list of organizations and initiatives:
The Lebanese Red Cross
The Lebanese Red Cross is helping with the medical response. The organization deployed more than 125 ambulances after the explosion. Red Cross emergency workers are helping to find the injured or dead, distributing food and offering shelter to the displaced. You can make a contribution here.
The nonprofit organization launched a crowdfunding campaign to help organizations on the ground, and is helping to share information about people still missing after the explosion as well as providing more than $6 million for disaster relief and will disburse the funds to local organizations and the Lebanese Red Cross. Donate here.
Facebook Fundraising Campaign
In support of the Lebanese community and ongoing recovery and relief efforts, Facebook have launched a donation campaign through its social platform matching up to $1 million. The funds goes directly to the International Medical Corps, which will work with reputable hospitals and NGOs in Lebanon to disseminate.
This donation tool is available in 42 countries (American Samoa, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands).
To donate press here
Lebanese Food Bank
A non-profit organization with a mission to fight and overcome hunger by developing effective Feeding Programs to eliminate hunger. The Lebanese Food Bank works with vulnerable people and families to ensure they have food and provisions. Donate to the LFB campaign that is raising funds to collect and distribute necessities for families affected by the explosion through this link
Save The Children
In a study released in late July, Save the Children warned that over 900,000 people, including more than 550,000 children, did not have enough money to buy basic goods like food. With the situation likely to worsen after the explosion, they have launched a Lebanon’s children relief fund, to which you can donate here.
CHANCE – Children Against Cancer
The devastating explosion led to hundreds of death and thousands of injured. Children with Cancer have no place in Beirut hospitals and need to be redistributed to remote areas, funding is needed more than ever. Give them a CHANCE…
For donations, use this link:https://chanceassociation.org/donate
CCCL – Children’s Cancer Center Lebanon
Today, many of the children suffering from cancer have been transferred to CCCL after other hospitals have been badly damaged. But, to be able to sustain their treatment, CCCl needs our help. Please donate to help the Children’s Cancer Center continue in saving the lives of our kids and the kids that have been welcomed from other hospitals. Cancer does not wait. Donation link: www.cccl.org.lb/RescueFund
arcenciel has taken the initiative to collect and refurbish damaged furniture, in addition to providing paramedical services and technical aids to affected people
Contribute through https://www.arcenciel.org/donate/
Animals Lebanon team has been on the ground since day one organizing search teams for all the displaced pets during this horrific disaster. With the effort of over 200 volunteers from all over Lebanon they have reunited over 90 animals with their guardians. While also providing food and medical care for the pets of the families who were affected by the blast.
To help us continue Animals Lebanon mission DONATE via: https://www.animalslebanon.org/get-involved/more-ways-to-give
For those in Beirut, here is a list of urgent blood needs.
Several social media accounts have also been set up to help locate victims.
Article cover photo by Rami Rizk