A few months ago when I started this fundraiser I wrote: “There has never been a worse time to be poor in Lebanon.” A political crisis was followed by an economic crisis followed by the local currency losing 600% of its value. With unemployment over 60% (yes, you read that correctly), banks imposed capital controls, and most people’s salaries did not and still do not reflect these changes. The covid-19 pandemic then added a health crisis to an already over-burdened country.
With a burning hole in my heart today I add one more tragedy to the list: an explosion that killed hundreds, injured thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands, and destroyed our capital city.
The trauma and desperation has caused multiple suicides. We can help prevent them. We can stop the hunger. I am asking you to donate whatever you can. There is a very high chance your contribution will save a life. If you can’t contribute please share this campaign.
Who will the money go to?
FoodBlessed, an organization that eliminates food waste and provides food boxes to those in need. Check their website foodblessed.org to learn more about them. You can also WhatsApp them anytime at +961 70 159 337. Check out some pictures of the foodblessed volunteers below. More stories and pics on their Instagram account @foodblessed
Who am I?
I am a Lebanese American living in New York helping get the money from the expat community to the organizations who will put it to the best possible use. I feel that we the expats are one of the few that can help in this difficult time. You can check my Instagram account @joeymoawad and my linkedin profile www.linkedin.com/in/jmoawad
Feel free to reach out to me if you have any concerns and I will try to address them.
How does the money get there?
The money will come into my US account and then get bank transferred to Lebanon. I will post bank transfer and donation acknowledgement receipts here for full transparecy. Please note that due to dollar withdrawal limits in Lebanon the recipient may vary but typically they are members of the Foodblessed team.
- Hala Owais
- Arielle Sourial
- Dien Hang
- Naima Shalhoub
- Chris Lucien