A massive explosion shook Beirut on 4 August 2020 killing hundreds, wounding thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
The deadly explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, caused damage to thousands of buildings in a 10-kilometre radius, affecting more than 300,000 people. It was estimated that the explosion caused between USD3.8 and USD4.6 billion in damages of items, while losses as a result of the decline in economic output range between USD2.9 and USD3.5 billion.
In a country that was already suffering from the burden of an economic crisis, a refugee crisis and COVID-19, the explosion was destructive on a physical, emotional and financial level.
In the one year since the blast, World Vision worked with communities to rehabilitate more than 600 homes, 10 schools and common spaces. 4,700 children and caregivers were also provided with psychosocial support. We also helped 40 microbusinesses start over, provided 1,200 families with cash assistance and distributed thousands of food parcels and hygiene kits to affected and vulnerable families.
Thank you for your contribution! Although World Vision Malaysia has closed this fundraiser, World Vision in Lebanon continues to respond to the crises via long-term development programmes in communities across the country, with a focus on livelihoods. The work supports more than 890,000 Lebanese and Syrian refugees. Of these, 490,561 are children. If you would like to support our work in ongoing emergencies around the world, you can give to the General Humanitarian Emergencies Fund.
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In 2021, 85.9% of donations collected were used for programmes that benefit children, families and communities in need.