Weʼre raising £20,000 to Rotary Club Beirut Cedars (District 2452) to help citizens affected by the explosion of Tuesday 4th August- from Rotarians and friends!
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Lebanon Report from Ron Farra Rotary Club of Beirut Cedars (RI District 2452)
At Christmas 2019, 50% of the population was under the poverty level with the minimum monthly salary equivalent to $400 worth $70. Everyone’s bank savings was stuck in the banks.
Then came the lockdown for Covid-19 which made matters worse. While Syrian refugees kept receiving funds from donor countries through the U.N. offices, this was denied to the Lebanese because they are not considered refugees.
Positive Action by Beirut Cedars Rotary Club (D2452)
Since October 2019 my club turned its attention to the hunger situation and started working with the Lebanese Food Bank to offer families food boxes. It was estimated that over 400,000 families were in great need of food supplies.
In June 2020 we started the Rotary Beirut Cedars “TheFoodBox”- the box is labelled Rotary with TheFoodBox logo. Up to end July we had delivered 5,000 food boxes ((1,800,000 meals) with the help of all 28 Rotary Clubs in Lebanon and through established NGOs.
The Blast on 4th August and international; response
The huge blast on Tuesday August 4 demolished half the homes in Beirut killing over 125 persons, injuring over 5,000, leaving several persons unaccounted for and 300,000 persons without homes.
Countries are now sending field hospitals while our own Club Physician, Dr Grace AbiRizk has set up a tent in downtown Beirut and, with the help of a medical team from Hotel Dieu de France, is giving first aid help to patients who can’t enter saturated hospitals as 3 hospitals were completely devastated by the blast.
We will continue delivering food boxes, but we also bought and offered a ventilating machine to a University Hospital and entered in 2 Global Grants for more ventilating machines to local hospitals.
Our Current Needs
(a Food to families, both in Beirut but also throughout the country. Food can be purchased locally from importers / wholesalers.
(b) medical supplies (because of banking and financial collapse there has been no replenishing of medical supplies for operations). It is best to send them through diplomatic-channels to be received by your Embassy in Beirut.
(c) clothing (300,000 persons left their homes not to find them when they returned). (d) Shelter Boxes (www.shelterbox.org) to house for the 300,000 who lost their homes. (e) Emergency Education Fund Our club is also preparing to launch an appeal for an “Emergency Education Fund” as
80% of private schools may be closing down this coming school year. We will keep you updated.
Beirut is on the international news for the past 24 hours with the most disastrous accident affecting the capital in 30 years on top of the pandemic and the tough economic situation with the Lebanese Pound losing 80% of its value.
Lebanon authorities declare Beirut a "disaster city" and impose state of emergency.
International citizens living in Lebanon have described their experiences of Tuesday's devastating explosion as the worst seen in their lifetime.
Lebanese are now surviving and not living.
Let's translate our words into actions!
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Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club
Mar 29, 2021
Rotary Club of Pershore
Mar 2, 2021
From the Rotary Club of Pershore, England. We have heard Hagop speak. Fantastic and inspirational Rotary Response, well done Hagop and all Cedars.
Feb 21, 2021
Well done Serge This is donation 2 I do hope the situation is improving in Beirut
Jan 18, 2021
My thoughts are with you
Rotary Club of Jersey
Jan 4, 2021
Chris Embrey, club Treasurer
Dec 2, 2020
From your friends in the Bristol Rotary Club
Nov 30, 2020
Thank you for your work on this.
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