For nearly two years now, Lebanon has been assailed by compounded crises—specifically, an economic and financial crisis, followed by COVID-19 and, lastly, the explosion at the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020.
Of the three, the economic crisis has had by far the largest (and most persistent) negative impact. Lebanon's economic and financial crisis is ranked top three, most severe crises episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century. In fact, Lebanon’s GDP plummeted from about US$55 billion in 2018 to a projected US$20.5 billion in 2021, while real GDP per capita fell by 37.1 percent.
Coupled with a new food crisis driven by the Russian Ukrainina war, due to lebanon getting 90% of its wheat from those two nations, things have gone from bad to worse. The most affected are those low income and no income families, orphans, the disabled and the nearly 3 million refugees (Syrian and Palestinians) who reside in the country. Local charities funds have dried up and the most vunerable are now facing periods of hunger and starvation.
What can you do and how can you help?
The aim is to raise, at a minimum, $10k (200 food packs at $50 each) to help those most in need at this crucial time. The cost of one food pack is $50. This provides support to a family for a month with essential food items.If you can donate yourself, then share this with family and friends and hopefully together we can make a change.