Following the explosion of tons of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse at the port of Beirut, 300,000 people
lost their homes (OCHA) and more than 50,000 houses have been impacted by the detonation according to the Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA).
According to the presidency of the Republic, the estimated damages amount to approximately 15 billion USD.
Beirut Blast Response is a humanitarian response to the devastating blast that shook Beirut on August 4th.
The persisting economic and political crisis leaves vulnerable families and individuals without sufficient
governmental help and without the financial ability to rebuild or refurbish their homes. The health crisis
caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increases the financial and mental burden on the affected population.
“Beirut Blast response” aims to alleviate the situation by providing emergency assistance to vulnerable families and individuals affected by the explosion. It is intended to support already-existing organizations in their relief efforts by creating 500 short term Cash for Work (CfW) employments for minor reparations, cleaning streets and houses, doing assessments, distributing basic needs (food, cloth, medical care, hygienic products, furniture).
Blast Response is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) ConTra programme in partnership with Sustainable Empowerment For Youth. It is commissioned by Germany. ConTra Is implemented by GIZ in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs.