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Beirut Explosion: How You've Helped


Over 170 people died, with thousands more injured and many children unaccounted for, after a large blast at Beirut's port on August 4th 2020.

Lebanon was already going through a severe economic crisis, with many families struggling just to put food on the table. And with a sharp spike in COVID cases, hospitals were already overwhelmed.

No matter what the emergency, children suffer the most. They may be hurt, shocked and separated from their parents.

Our Emergency Fund means we can be on the ground within hours of a disaster striking, so we can quickly reach children with the essentials they need to survive

Donate now to our Emergency Fund

Page last updated August 13, 2021.


LISTEN: One year after the Beirut explosion, director Nadine Labaki and journalist Kareem Chehayeb joined Save the Children and our partner, Impact Lebanon, for a podcast. 

Together we discuss the the issues facing children and families in Lebanon today - and what can be done to help them create a brighter future. Listen to the podcast here.

With special thanks to: Jad Kassatly, Boombox Studios, Sound Editor Tamara Rasamny and Videographer Chadi Andraous.


WATCH: Mental health specialist Joy Abi Hadid explains the psychological impact of the disaster on children


In the immediate aftermath of the blast, we provided:
  • Weather-proofing kits for families whose homes were damaged
  • Psychological first aid for children & their families
  • Training in psychological first aid for case workers & partner staff
  • Urgent food supplies such as hot meals
So far, we have: 
  • delivered over 16,800 hot meals
  • distributed over 2,100 shelter kits
  • provided over 369 psychological first aid sessions for children & adults
  • set up 140 child-friendly spaces for play & regaining a sense of normality
  • supported 115 families with cash to cover their rent

We also:

  • Delivered urgent food & hygiene supplies to vulnerable families
  • Repaired homes and schools damaged in the explosion
  • Distributed cash transfers to help struggling families with food and rent
  • Supported families to teach their children at home

We already run emergency programming throughout Lebanon including: 

  • Raising vital awareness on COVID-19 prevention 
  • Distributing disinfection kits to keep children safe
  • Delivering food parcels to families 
  • Providing cash transfers for those struggling in the economic crisis.

Our emergency fund

This special reserve allows us to respond to emergencies like the one in Beirut and other humanitarian disasters around the world.

Help children and around the world - Donate now to our emergency fund

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