August 4 at 6:07 PM, a blast destroyed the port of Beirut and several districts of the capital of Lebanon with more than 120 confirmed deaths to date, dozens unaccounted for, and countless displaced. The material damage is enormous. Estimated damages of 5 billion dollars and nearly 300,000 households affected in the city. Families are finding themselves with no home or shelter, food insecure, and destitute – this calls for a national mobilization to address urgent humanitarian needs!
Lebanon has already been going through an economic crisis that grew poverty to reach 60% of the population, a country that is witnessing record unemployment rates with over one million jobs lost, estimated to exceed 50% of the population by the end of 2020, a country that is seeing a devaluation of the local currency, facing COVID-19, and that is struggling with limited availability of medical equipment and supplies to respond to the latest crisis from the blast in Beirut. Lebanon needs help to address the growing humanitarian needs!
Teams from the 25 health and social centers and 9 mobile units of Amel Association International (Amel) are continuing to assess the needs resulting from the disaster, and are implementing an emergency response in the field. Our NGO, non-sectarian and present in Lebanon since 1979, invites all individuals, partners and friends of the association, to contribute to its call for donations.
Internationally, we are calling for donations that will allow us to meet urgent humanitarian needs including:
- First Aid supplies for the wounded;
- Health support and medications;
- Non-food items for displaced families with destroyed homes;
- Rehabilitation of the affected areas.
**Update: Given the pressing need for help resulting from the blast that rocked the city of Beirut, we are dedicating funds from this page to emergency relief efforts concentrated on those impacted by the explosion, previously created for the COVIS-19 relief efforts across Lebanon
Amel Association International is an independent nonprofit, non-confessional organization that is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and UNHCR Bigheart winner of 2019. Amel founded in 1979, has worked for over 40 years in commitment to crucial humanitarian causes, reaching the most vulnerable populations on the bases of Humanity, Dignity and Solidarity. Amel offers quality services in the health, psychosocial, human rights, child protection, rural development and vocation training fields. With 25 medical centers and 6 mobile clinics across Lebanon, most certified Primary Health Care centers, Amel have supported many crisis after the other, and is ready to do yet again. Services are provided equally to all. Amel has been expanding its mission globally since 2010, and has been a leading promoter and enabler of health services by catering to disadvantaged populations, irrespective of their background or belonging. For more information check Amel's website at www.amel.org.
For the latest Amel work on COVID-19 - visit http://corona.amel.org/
Amel in the US
Amel Association International is also a United States exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the state of Texas under EIN# 81-3433395. Amel's team in Lebanon is collaborating with Amel in Texas to launch this fundraising campaign through GoFundMe. Funds will be transferred from Texas to Lebanon as funds become available like we have done in previous humanitarian projects and campaigns.
- Ahlia Karam
Fundraising team: Lebanon Relief Fund (4)
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