Lebanon In Crisis Lebanon In Crisis

Basic services are failing, as the economy faces ruin

Basic services are failing, as the economy faces ruin

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Lebanon faces economic ruin

The economic crisis faced in Lebanon since 2019, has been exacerbated by the Beirut blasts in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The currency in Lebanon has lost almost 100% of its value. Basic services are failing across all areas of public life, including access to healthcare, education, and protection services. 

There are shortages in gas and medications, and rampant inflation has caused essential food items to double and triple in price. The crisis has resulted in 77% of Lebanese households unable to put enough food on the table and 99% of Syrian households living in extreme poverty. 

Please give now to CARE Australia’s Global Emergency Fund to provide lifesaving support to families all around the world enduring crises like this.

Beirut blasts of 2020

In August 2020, two massive explosions in the Beirut Port completely decimated the city, killing 214 people and displacing 300,000 more. 

Families were left in urgent need of shelter, food, and emergency supplies.

CARE and our local partners responded with a large-scale humanitarian response, distributing hot meals, food stocks, and shelter supplies to those made homeless by the explosions. 

We have rebuilt as much as possible”

When the blasts partially destroyed the apartment she lives in, Rita felt lost.

“We often have to go to my grandparents’ to eat something,” she said in the days after the disaster, as Beirut faced a crippling food shortage. With the hot meals and shelter supplies made available through kind donations, Rita’s family were able to start again. 

We have rebuilt as much as possible,” she told us.

Yet, everyday life is still a struggle to survive for millions across the country.

A long recovery

CARE’s Country Director in Lebanon, Bujar Hoxha, said: “A lot more still needs to happen in order for many families to avoid sleeping with empty stomachs, and to provide them with even basic healthcare and medicine. Today many Lebanese people have difficulty finding enough food to feed their families. More support is needed from the international community.”

What is CARE doing to support families and communities in Lebanon? 

CARE has reached more than 50,000 of the most vulnerable — women and girls, and refugee and host communities — with food, protection, and shelter. But millions are still struggling to survive, as costs are rising while their local currency loses value. The most vulnerable people are starving and some children may never return to school. The crises’ ripple effect is threatening millions of lives.

CARE is addressing the urgent humanitarian and protection needs, and enhancing  access to basic services for affected individuals. We are providing food parcels, hygiene kits and cash assistance to those who are struggling, and increasing protection services for the most vulnerable. 

More support is needed to ensure communities can survive and recover from the economic crisis, exacerbated by the Beirut blast one year ago, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please give now to CARE Australia’s Global Emergency Fund to provide lifesaving support to families all around the world enduring crises like this.

How long has CARE been working in Lebanon?

CARE has been working in Lebanon since 2013, supporting Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities affected by the Syria Crisis. CARE meets refugees’ and host communities’ most basic and pressing needs, mainly providing water, sanitation, hygiene, non-food items and cash assistance in the areas of Mount-Lebanon, North and South Lebanon.

Donate to Lebanon Crisis Appeal by phone

Call 1800 020 046 toll free and pay by credit card.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

CARE will use donations to our Global Emergency Fund to provide emergency relief and services to those who need them most. This will help the world’s most vulnerable people prepare for, and recover from, emergencies and disasters.