A multiple crisis
As early as spring 2020, SOLIDARITY-LIBANON-SWITZERLAND began to set up a branch with emergency humanitarian aid alongside its ongoing programme of education support. With this initiative, we wanted to help particularly poor families hit hard by the crisis – with food parcels and cash contributions.
We paid special attention to impoverished families with chronically ill family members who could no longer buy medicines due to rising prices.
After the massive explosion that devastated Beirut’s port and neighbouring neighbourhoods on 4th of August, we participated with local associations and volunteers in setting up a soup kitchen for the homeless. This soup kitchen is still functioning every day.
Our humanitarian aid in numbers
- 500 families have received food parcels or financial support.
- 240 destitute chronically ill people have received help in the form of essential medicines.
- More than 11,000 hot meals have been distributed to people in need in Beirut’s port district.
Financial support for school children from disadvantaged families
The school system has been particularly hard hit by the crisis. The pandemic and the state bankruptcy are causing thousands of children and young people to lose their chance to receive an adequate education.
SOLIDARITY-LIBANON-SWITZERLAND has therefore significantly expanded its support for pupils from disadvantaged families in autumn 2020. Thanks to the generous support of our members and friends, we were able to help ten times more school children than in the previous year! We were able to pay 50 per cent of the school fees of 298 children at six Catholic schools. Despite the crisis, these schools did their best to keep learning going!
And what will happen in the current year 2021?
Since January this year, the economic situation has been worsening almost daily. We at SOLIDARITY-LIBANON-SWITZERLAND want to continue our commitment to help at least a small part of the poorest families in the country. Starting in autumn 2021, we would like to enable even more children and young people to attend school. At the same time, our humanitarian aid continues uninterrupted and here too we would like to be able to reach more people in need. We and our partners and beneficiaries on the ground are grateful for their attention and for any donation, however modest.