Help Recover Gemmayze's Neighborhood Cafe Sip!

On August 4th 2020, Lebanon witnessed the world's third largest explosion in the Port of Beirut, claiming hundreds of lives, wounding 5000+, and leaving 300,000 homeless.

My Uncle Omar, the owner of a neighborhood Cafe in the heart of Gemmayze (Sip) was deeply impacted by recent events. The pandemic, crisis, and  inflation had already nearly crippled his business to the point of bankruptcy and the blast left his barista team in critical condition and the cafe completely destroyed.

Against all odds, Omar made the choice to return to his home land to open Sip Cafe; bringing soul/specialty coffee to the heart of Beirut. More than a cafe, he built a relaxed community where locals, artists, journalists, travellers, and writers work, live, create, learn and have fun together. 

During the blast, Omar was unfortunately unable to attend to his cafe and his team. 
Omar was in his apartment when it collapsed and flung him across his house and almost over his balcony.  Fortunately, he has been lucky to survive and his mission now is to relieve the rest of his team who are in far worse condition, restore his life, and keep the neighborhood Cafe!

If any friends or family would be willing to help - our family would be so grateful for your support.

All proceeds will go into the rebuild of Sip Cafe and securing employment/relief for the employees of Sip. Omar and his team are all currently hospitalised in serious conditions. 

This is a tragic situation, and these desperate times have pressured us to be in a helpless situation. We are seeking support from our network to help Beirut's citizens survive this catastrophic event and bring Gemmayze's streets back to what they were.

Thank you endlessly for reading this, caring, and (if you were able to) donating!

Every. single. dollar. helps!

P.s. We've put an Australian Bank Account, as he is unable to withdraw funds from the local banking system.



  • Zen Martinsen
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Tamara Alwan
Dunedin, Otago
Ronny Mouawad

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