The disaster couldn’t have come at a worse time for children and their families living in Lebanon who have been dealing with an economic crisis that has seen food prices soar by 100% since September. The explosion took place in the city’s port, heavily damaging the country’s main entry point for food imports. Now, families who were already worrying about having enough food to eat don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Across the country, COVID-19 cases have tripled in the last three months. This, combined with thousands of people injured by the explosion, means hospitals are completely overwhelmed, and medical supplies are scarce. The trauma of witnessing the explosion will also leave children with psychological wounds that need specialist support to heal.
Save the Children’s Emergency Fund will fund the response to this crisis and they have already allocated £152,263 from the fund to help keep children in Lebanon safe, reunite them with their families and give their families what they need to get back on their feet.
To put these figures into context and to illustrate the amazing impact Castle Water's support has had; Castle Water's Emergency Fund donations, as well as the employee and customer fundraising so far, would be enough to cover this entire initial response in Beirut! So as always thank you for supporting Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.
For the first two weeks following this disaster:
And, in the first three months, Save the Children also plan to:
Here are examples of what your donation to the Emergency Fund could achieve:
By supporting the Emergency Fund, you’re giving children who are living through disasters like the Beirut explosion immediate life-saving support, as well as protecting their futures, so they can go on to change the world. Thank you.