SENDING LOVE TO BEIRUT.
SUPPORTING THE PEOPLE OF LEBANON.
On 4th August, a double explosion devastated the city of Beirut. The second explosion was so powerful that it wreaked havoc for miles around.
So far, there are 157 confirmed deaths, 5,000 wounded and around 300,000 people who lost their homes and are now IDPs.
We are appealing to all of you to help us support the work of our local partners as they continue to provide emergency assistance on the ground to the victims of this disaster.
Lebanon was already facing with its worst ever economic and social crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic was the last straw for this country where the middle class were already living in poverty. This relatively small country, no larger than the Italian region of Abruzzo, was already hosting 500.000 Palestinian refugees and more than 1 million Syrian refugees.
“This was yet another blow for an already seriously ill country” says David Ruggini, Un Ponte Per’s Head of Office in Beirut.
“The Lebanese people are already heart-broken. The explosion in Beirut was one of the worst days ever. The pandemic, environmental pollution, chaos, the economic and political crisis had all taken Lebanon by surprise: This kind of blow on such a vulnerable country is just too much to handle” we just received this message from Kassem Aina, head of our long-standing local partner Beit Aftal Assomoud.
But perhaps, worse days for Lebanon are yet to come.
In response to the crisis, Un Ponte Per is taking immediate action with the launch of a fund-raising campaign to help their partners implement emergency projects. All funds raised will be channeled into their projects and support their work during this latest crisis.
UN PONTE PER’S WORK IN LEBANON
UPP has been active in Lebanon since 1997, working primarily to protect children’s rights to health and education in the refugee camps hosting Palestinians and Syrian-Palestinians, through its Child Sponsorship Program “Family Happiness”. In 2006 and 2007, when Israeli attacks on Lebanese and Palestinian civilians in Lebanon triggered a humanitarian crisis, UPP launched a campaign in for the distribution of basic aid packages. UPP has been working alongside many local organisations for many years in the arduous process of rebuilding social cohesion following the civil war that raged here for 15 years. In 2017 UPP participated in the first Italian engagement with the Civilian Peace Corps programme, which involved young male and female Italian field-workers working with local partners on informal education and peace-building initiatives.
WHO SUPPORT YOUR DONATION
Amel Association International is a non-governmental Lebanese organization that was founded in 1979. We offered more than 8 million services to all in medical and other sectors. Amel is a non-governmental organization, recognized as a public utility by presidential decree 5832 in 1994. Amel is a non-profit, non sectarian organization that supports the most underprivileged populations in Lebanon, through various programs involving health care, psychosocial support, rural development, vocational training, child protection and the promotion of human rights. Amel has currently 24 centers, 6 mobile medical units and a mobile educational unit, in the most underprivileged zones in Lebanon (Southern Suburbs of Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Bekaa Valley and South Lebanon).
Permanent Peace Movement (PPM) is an independent Lebanese, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 1989 as the height of the Lebanese Civil war by a group of young university students unified by their common version of the future and their aversion to war. They concidered that the peaceful means for conflict resolution are the most useful of all, and once exhausted, one should resort to non-violent means and never to violence.
Basket Beats Borders is a project launched in Rome and Beirut to build for a week an alternative model of social inclusion, to mix cultures, languages, experiences and basketball strategies, to learn from and play with each other, enjoying and laughing at all our differences and similarities. The main idea behind the project is that sport, in this case basketball, can be a vehicle of emancipation, empowerment and education to a healthy and positive lifestyle, but also a means of dialogue between people coming from completely different cultures and backgrounds.
Al-Jana/ARCPA works with communities that face marginalization in Lebanon in documenting and disseminating their empowering experiences and cultural contributions. Stemming from its work in the arts, AL-JANA produces learning and creative resources by and for children and youth, believing in their creative capacity as agents of change: deeply rooted in their community’s history and culture yet able to look at the world with critical eyes and express themselves openly and creatively. This is some of the work of children and youth who have become empowered to build on their strengths, and to turn challenges into opportunities.
Beit Atfal Assumoud is a humanitarian non-governmental organization, non religious, not related to any political party, working among Palestinian communities in Lebanon. It was established after the massacre at Tal El-Zaatar refugee camp in 12-8-1976 to care for children who had lost both of their parents in the massacre. The mission of Assumoud is to contribute to the development of the Palestinian community in Lebanon through services addressing the needs of families, and through various gender-balanced projects empowering children, youth, and their parents or guardians.