500 citizens sustain and revive Beirut after devastating blast.
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.
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” provided emergency assistance to vulnerable families and individuals affected by the explosion. It supported 17 already-existing organizations by recruiting a workforce of 500 vulnerable/unemployed individuals to assist the organizations in their post-blast relief efforts.
The wide scope of relief efforts consisted of home renovations and minor reparations, cleaning streets and houses, landscaping, waste management and recycling, conducting damage assessments, up-cycling, and distributing basic necessities (food, clothes, medical care, hygienic products, furniture).
The initiative supported the aforementioned 500 vulnerable individuals by providing them with income through short term cash-for-work employments.
Blast Response was made possible thanks to the effort and hard work of our supporting partners:
Blast Response is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) ConTra program 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.