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Convoy of Hope Helps Families Rebuild Months After Beirut Explosion

Nine months after a large explosion in a densely populated area of Beirut, Lebanon, the city is still struggling to recuperate. The explosion, in combination with the previous ongoing economic crisis, has made fuel and medication hard to come by. Doctors and teachers have left the region in search of new jobs. Officials expect that all government subsidies will run out by the end of May.

“People are too numb to feel or to protest. They do all they can to find food for just one day,” one man said.

As a result of both the explosion and economic fallout, 26-year-old Jenny now lives with PTSD and has been unemployed for the past year. She doesn’t have the funds to seek the help she needs to process her experiences or to take care of her sick mother and younger brother. Her father is deceased, and she is doing all she can.

She is not alone in this fight. Life for a man named Elias got harder after the explosion. Bedridden and with severe mental and physical challenges, his family struggled to provide for him. After the death of his father, Elias’ mother cannot work outside the home to make money for his medication.

During a recent assessment mission, Convoy of Hope found each of these families and stepped in to help. Jenny’s family now has a sturdy and leak-proof roof over their heads, past-due rent bills taken care of, and much-needed food and medicine. Elias and his family were provided with essential medication and food.

Convoy of Hope is grateful for the opportunity to serve people like Jenny and Elias. Thank you for your generosity as we continue to share hope with the people of Lebanon.

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Emergency Relief Distributed as Lebanon’s Economic Decline Causes Suffering

Lebanon is currently experiencing the worst economic crisis in the country’s history. On a global scale, national inflation rates in Lebanon are second only to those in Venezuela. Currency devaluation, the pandemic, political struggles, and the blast in August of 2020 have created an intense pressure on the Lebanese people.

Since May 2020, Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has continuously responded to the crisis in Lebanon with food, water, hygiene kits, and other necessities. With the help of local partners who canvassed neighborhoods to identify specific needs, Convoy of Hope has provided individually tailored assistance — including medical supplies, prescriptions, and transportation — to people affected by this crisis.

Fifty-five percent of the Lebanese population now lives below the poverty line. In November 2019, one carton of milk cost roughly 8,000 Lebanese pounds (LBP). Now, one carton costs approximately LBP42,000 or US$27. Before these recent crises, the minimum monthly salary in Lebanon was US$450; it is now US$70.

More than seven months after the explosion in Beirut, needs are still widespread. With support from people like you, hope is within reach. Thank you for helping us change the lives of people in Lebanon.

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Convoy of Hope helps Lebanese Family Grapple with Explosion & Economic Crisis

“I had nothing left,” Maya said somberly.

Maya is the mother of three children, all of whom live with severe mental and physical ailments. Every day, she is faced with the challenge of raising them in the middle of one of the world’s worst economic crises.

Since October 2019, Lebanese currency has lost 90% of its value. Due to the fact that more than 80% of the basic goods sold in the country are imported, prices have skyrocketed. More than half of the population now lives below the poverty line. Protests have sprung up in areas already struggling to recover from the massive explosion in Beirut last August.

Combined stress from the worsening economic climate, her husband’s lack of employment, and hundreds of dollars in monthly medical costs sent Maya into a deep depression.

Convoy of Hope’s partners in Lebanon helped identify Maya’s needs and those of her family. Convoy of Hope then teamed up with others on the ground to provide hope to Maya and her children in the form of food, medicine, hygiene kits, and blankets.

“I want to thank all those who volunteered to prepare hygiene kits and prepare food parcels. Thank you for thinking of us,” Maya said.

What was once cause for despair for Maya’s family is now a source of hope. 

“Our life has improved. We no longer stress about the simple things like before,” she said. “Your help gave me hope and lifted my spirit. Today, I am able to feed my kids a decent meal — they love hamburgers — buy medicine, and buy them some snacks they love but hardly get. Convoy has made a change in my life and helped me in more ways than I can ever thank them.”

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