Responding to the Beirut explosion
We are supporting our church partners on the ground as they respond to some of the many needs identified after the Beirut explosion: food supplies, winter and hygiene items, shelter rehabilitation, etc. We need all the help we can get as about 300,000 people were made temporarily homeless by the explosion.
ready meals distributed to affected families in Beirut
Today, we distributed meals in Beirut to people heavily affected by the explosion. When we visited them, they were so busy cleaning what is left of their homes that they hadn't eaten anything for the whole day. They deeply appreciated our gesture.
vouchers distributed to blast-affected households
The church has given us vouchers, that we used to buy food from the supermarket. They were also so kind as to give us a new refrigerator and a new oven, since ours were not working anymore since the explosion... Some people from the church are also cooking for us every day and bringing us hot meals for us to eat.
homes rehabilitated in blast-affected areas
As of January 14, and in collaboration with three church partners, MERATH had helped rehabilitate 99 homes, one small business owned by a female-headed household, and two community centers. Rehabilitation efforts included repairing windows, doors, and damaged furniture, painting walls, and replacement of damaged appliances and furniture.
The hygiene kits contain soap, hand sanitizer, washing powder, laundry detergent, and other hygiene items. They will be distributed until the end of December, mostly to blast affected families, to help ease their financial burden and protect them from the spread of COVID 19.
FIRST AID TRAINING
partners on the ground trained in first aid and crisis management
Before this training, we did not know how to survey our surroundings. Today we learnt concrete things and tips to make sure our team is safe before helping other people. I feel better equipped and prepared to go back and continue serving the people affected by the blast.
food boxes donated to ABTS's guesthouse along with hygiene items
We have been working nonstop to prepare our guesthouse to welcome families that lost their homes in the Beirut explosion. We are thankful to MERATH, who gave us some food and hygiene packages. Our prayer is that our labor of love will provide some comfort and hope to these precious families.