Lebanon is in the midst of catastrophic political and economic crises. The August 4th explosion at the Port of Beirut left an estimate of $4 billion in damages while over 50 percent of the population slips into poverty, the Lebanese pound plummets, and hospitals struggle to keep up with the influx of patients due to COVID-19.
After the port blast, the Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation and the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL) began a national coordinated effort to airlift medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment to Lebanon. Our approach focuses on sending urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to Lebanon's hospitals by coordinating with experienced NGOs like Anera, Afya Foundation, and Direct Relief, in addition to US government agencies.
Thanks to the generous hearts of so many, we succeeded in airlifting more than $20 million of needed medications and medical supplies and equipment to Beirut in the aftermath of the devastating explosions. Beirut lost six months’ worth of medicines stored at the port with this explosion. Yet in spite of a badly damaged port, our airlifts extended a lifeline to Beirut hospitals in their crippling moments.
We are utilizing the Center for Arab American Philanthropy's ("CAAP") platform to fundraise solely for the procurement, collection, shipment and distribution of medical supplies, surgical supplies and personal protective equipment for Lebanese hospitals in need. Your contribution is tax-deductible in the U.S. and 100% of your dollar will go toward the initiative.
A Chance to Give Back
We are so proud of the many Lebanese-American philanthropists and affiliated charities who have joined this initiative to effectuate relief in our beloved Beirut. Thank you to those apart of the Lebanon Relief Working Group who put this together: Ambassador Edward Gabriel, Manal Saab, Jean AbiNader, Rashal Baz Zureikat, Micheline Nader, Emilie and Dina Haddad, Faysal Saab, Zaher Akl, Akram AbouKhalil, Anis Abdul-Karim, Kamal and Yasmine Shouhayib, Samer and Rihab Suki and Wasseem Kabbara. We also thank the following organizations who cooperated in this effort: American Task Force on Lebanon, The Ghassan and Manal Saab Foundation, Anera, Direct Relief, Afya Foundation, Clinton Foundation, ALMA-LA, Jobs for Lebanon, Cedars Relief and People-to-People Aid.
Reach out with questions, or if you’d like to join the list.
AMERICAN TASK FORCE ON LEBANON
The ATFL is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization comprised of Americans of Lebanese heritage and others who share a common interest in Lebanon and the goals of the ATFL. ATFL is nonsectarian, independent, and nonpartisan. Its purpose is to improve the civic, cultural, educational, and charitable ties between our two countries, and the common values that unite us.
On The Ground in Lebanon
Anera's medical donations team is currently coordinating shipments of medicines and health care supplies to be air-shipped to Lebanon from the US and the UK. Our on-the-ground staff are organizing clean-up efforts as well as distributions of water, food, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves to families and others who are picking up the pieces after the tragic explosion.
JOBS FOR LEBANON
Jobs for Lebanon is a US based non-profit that aims to address the ongoing economic crisis in Lebanon by encouraging the 16 million Lebanese in the diaspora to offer job opportunities to qualified Lebanese talent. Through this effort, JFL empowers the diaspora to participate in the country’s economic recovery by connecting them with qualified talent-base in Lebanon.
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