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£82,285
raised of £350,000 target by 320 supporters

    Weʼve raised £82,285 to help people who lost absolutely everything rebuild their homes and lives. It costs £12-15,000 to rebuild a home. PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

    Funded on Thursday, 10th December 2020

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    On Tuesday 4th August the people of Beirut’s lives changed forever. An explosion, the third largest the world has ever seen, tore through much of the port area reducing most of its buildings (homes, shops and businesses) to rubble.

    300,000 people are now homeless, many of whom were already starving and living difficult lives in poverty. Suddenly, even the most basic comfort of a roof over their heads was ripped away from them.

    Donations towards re-building permanent homes rather than temporary shelters are still desperately lacking, especially with news coverage moving away from the situation.

    The funds raised from this page will be donated directly to trusted NGOs in Beirut, ensuring that the money is used ethically and efficiently. At the moment we are working with LIVELOVEBEIRUT and OffreJoie. These organisations are on the ground in Beirut, assessing and reassessing, daily, what is most urgently needed. They are already taking action; rebuilding homes, replacing plastic sheeting with walls, electricity, running water and beds. As time passes we will add other organisations to this list.

    Our hope is that we as individuals and as part of a wider community, a global and interconnected community - come together to show our support and bring hope to the people of Beirut, reassuring them that they are not alone. By helping those who have lost everything, their homes, possessions, and in some cases loved ones, we aim to spread hope and love through one simple action - our donations.

    Of course, every donation is greatly appreciated, and collectively will make great change, but please donate with your heart – you can type any amount into the box below the suggested amounts. Let's be "Lebanesely" Generous :) :) :)

    As some idea of what your donations can help rebuild: A home in need of complete restructuring (around 6,400 homes) costs £12,000 to rebuild. Homes that need structural support (over 3,000 homes) and general repairs cost £6,000-£8,000 to rebuild. Families whose homes need doors and windows replaced will need £2,500-£4,000 to cover the costs.

    Please help support the people of Beirut rebuild their homes by donating and sharing this page as widely as you can.

    We started this initiative with a group of friends we invited to explore Lebanon to share the many under-appreciated treasures that characterise Lebanon. Victoria and Charles Spicer; Diana, Peter, Zsuzsa and Eva Magyar; Elena Bowes; Cristina Escallon; Rodrigo Dauster; Sarah and Frederic Sorrentino quickly fell in love with Lebanon's undeniable charm and after watching the immense suffering the country has endured since our visit together, we want to do all we can to help.

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    • Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon11 months ago
      Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon

      Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon

      11 months ago

      Together we have fundraised a brilliant £82,285, and after the usual JustGiving fees, we have been able to donate the full £80,000 directly to Live Love Lebanon. I cannot thank my wonderful husband, friends, and children enough for their support in reaching this amount; which will make a real difference to people lives. To everyone who has donated; THANK YOU! 2020 was an unbelievably tough year for all, and we are SO grateful for your generosity and kind spirit. Please see attached a letter of thanks from Live Love Lebanon, With love, Lx

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    • Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon1 year ago
      Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon

      Michael, Lara, Kareen, Natalia, Issam and Alexander Fares with friends who fell in love with Lebanon

      1 year ago

      Thank you! We are so grateful to everyone for the donations already made raising £59,000. There are already families returning to homes; to safe spaces to cook and sleep in, with the hope of a brighter future! This is an amazing start, but with the explosion now being a month ago, news coverage of it has almost completely stopped. Now it is so important, perhaps even more so than before, for us all to continue sharing this page, asking people to donate, and then share it with their own communities. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Together we can make a change!

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    • Kareen Fares

      Kareen Fares

      Nov 16, 2020

      608 in US dollars converted - donation from sales #2 and #3 of cookies in philadelphia!

      £461.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 13, 2020

      Tote bag sales money!

      £100.00

    • baking to rebuild

      baking to rebuild

      Oct 28, 2020

      DONATION FROM COOKIE SALES week 1. $508 converted into pounds!

      £390.00

    • Joumana Rizk

      Joumana Rizk

      Oct 14, 2020

      Thank you for doing this important work. Many blessings.

      £1,000.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 12, 2020

      What a great initiative!!! Lots of love from Caroline, Hein, Anton and Emile

    • Shermine Boustany

      Shermine Boustany

      Oct 12, 2020

      A massively important cause ! This is the first order surely there will be more !Thank You all

      £100.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 11, 2020

      With my love.

      £1,600.00

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    Our family, like most Lebanese families, pass on their love for Lebanon from one generation to another. We had to leave Lebanon in 1975 but Lebanon never left our hearts. We took pride in inviting friends to visit our beautiful country; today our friends take pride in helping us.

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