An explosion ripped through the Port of Beirut in Lebanon on Tuesday, leaving over 100 dead and thousands injured and homeless. The exact cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
International aid, emergency workers and medical personnel are heading to the capital from countries such as France, Jordan, Egypt, the Czech Republic and others. Charities such as Save the Children and the Union of Relief and Development Associations are also providing aid in the form of assistance on the ground and donations.
Located on the city’s northern Mediterranean coast, the Port of Beirut is one of the largest and busiest ports in the Eastern Mediterranean. It serves as the main entry point into the country along with the city’s airport, through which much of the nation’s vital supplies arrive.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab appealed to countries and friends of Lebanon in a televised speech on Wednesday morning. “We are witnessing a real catastrophe,” he said.
There are several ways to help those affected by the explosion in the capital.
The Lebanon Red Cross is accepting online and offline donations. The national society was established on July 9, 1945, according to its website, and is a nonprofit organization as well as an auxiliary team to the medical personnel of the Lebanese Army.
It is part of the International Red Cross and a member of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is also a founding member of the Secretariat General of the Organization of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies.
The organization is led and run by volunteers who look to provide relief to victims of natural and human disasters. It runs services such as emergency medical treatment, blood transfusion and more. As it is not a governmental association, most of the assistance provided by the organization depends on donations.
To donate to the Lebanon Red Cross, you can either pay via the website or make a bank transfer to the following:
This nonprofit focuses on providing services to children in developing countries or during emergencies and disasters. Founded in London in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb, the organization delivers emergency relief to children and their families to help them recover from loss, restore their lives and build resilience.
Coming to the U.S. in 1932, the organization helped with food distribution in Appalachia, which was hard hit by the Great Depression. It also assisted children to escape Nazi Germany and was among the first into liberated areas after the war, according to its website.
Services provided by Save the Children include help with healthcare, education, policy and on-the-ground aid during a crisis. It has most recently been assisting in Yemen and across the world in communities hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The company considers itself to be the first agency on the ground when disaster strikes and Jad Sakr, Save the Children’s country director in Lebanon, says that Save the Children is ready to assist where needed in Beirut.
“We are shocked and devastated by the explosion today,” he said in a press release. “The death toll may not be known for several days but what we do know is that in a disaster like this, children may be hurt, shocked, and separated from their parents.
“Our child protection teams are ready to support the government’s efforts, which will almost certainly go on for several days to come. It is vital that children and their families get access to the services they urgently need, including medical care and physical and emotional protection.”
Donations to Save The Children can be made online using a credit or debit card, PayPal or Google Pay.
A nonprofit based in Lebanon, the Union of Relief and Development Associations (URDA) has also launched an emergency appeal to support people in Lebanon on GlobalGiving.org. People can donate once or donate monthly.
The organization helps disadvantaged individuals in Lebanon, helping in cities and far into the mountains and valleys of the country. It supports vulnerable communities to become empowered, psychosocially supported and educated while making sure women and children are legally protected.
URDA provides humanitarian services such as shelter, healthcare, education, protection, relief and more during emergency situations.
According to its fundraising page, the organization is looking to support with medical supplies, food parcels, medicine and medical aid for clinics and hospitals that need assistance.
This non-profit organization is a social incubator for the Lebanese community. Helping people mobilize more effectively, its community shares knowledge, resources and expertise as well as helping make activism accessible, impactful and sustainable. This ranges from providing healthcare to education to those who need it.
Impact Lebanon is trying to raise £5 million ($6.556 million) to provide disaster relief after the explosion in the capital. According to its website, it is coordinating with other non-government organizations who need assistance and will be providing details of how funds will be spent as soon as possible.
To donate to this cause, visit Impact Lebanon’s JustGiving page.
Due to the vast amount of casualties on the ground and displaced families in Beirut, there are local resources that people can access if they want to help or access services.
Daleel Thawra is a directory of initiatives, outlets and resources in Lebanon to help people access what they need during times of difficulty. At the moment, it is listing hospitals that urgently need blood donations, including blood type and the location it’s needed.
It also has a map of shelters with available beds for those who have lost their homes following the explosion.
A further list of resources has been compiled by Washington, D.C resident Ramzy Al-Amine. His twitter handle is @ramz_53 and he also supports causes such as Free Palestine, the Yemen Crisis and Black Lives Matter.
The list includes fundraisers to donate to for those needing it in Beirut, links to help locate people who are missing after the explosion and lists of shelters available to help people who have been made homeless.