On August 4, 2020, multiple explosions occurred in Beirut's port, destroying half the city and killing hundreds. Even now a large number of people are missing, thousands are injured, and over 300,000 people have lost their homes, including 80,000 children. The explosion was so big that it was heard and felt in in the nations of Cyprus and Syria next door. The devastation of the explosion, equivalent to over 1.2 kilotons of TNT, was so complete that even houses outside of Beirut were damaged. It was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, and the biggest of the last 50 years.
The explosion destroyed half of the city, including busy hospitals. Doctors in the midst of operating were forced to work by the flashlights of their cell phones. The explosion killed several foreign nationals, including French, German, Canadian, American, and Australian citizens.
This tragedy is personal to the /r/Showerthoughts team, specifically myself. Being Lebanese and seeing the tragedy first hand is really different than seeing it on TV. People were literally searching through the rubble for their loved ones and pets. There were people with blood all over them just sitting on the ground next to their destroyed homes, silent and in shock. It was all so surreal.
Last time /r/Showerthoughts came together for a charity drive, the response was inspiring and raised over 10k USD. We hope to once again come together and put the generosity and good spirit of this subreddit towards a very urgent cause.
How to Help
In collaboration with the mods of /r/Lebanon, the following is a list of charities and NGOs inside Lebanon which we have researched and verified
Nusaned is a Lebanese-founded, Beirut-based NGO that has primarily focused on housing and agriculture. Because of their strong connection to the community, they are our first recommended charity. You can read more about them here and donate on their website
To donate to Nusaned via Bitcoin, the address is as follows:
Irshad Islah Social Work is a local charity which has primarily worked in education and is now running a hotline providing counselling and support for survivors. Donate here
Al Makan, a local woman-led organization that seeks to provide networking opportunities for young professionals, is directly reaching out to those in their own community impacted by the explosion and and offering aid. You can donate on their patreon or via paypal
Food Blessed is a Lebanese charity that was responding to the economic crisis in Lebanon by feeding the hungry. In the wake of the tragic explosion, they are focusing relief efforts in Beirut. You can donate to their gofundme here or view more donation options on their website
Live Love, an organization which is working to revitalize Lebanon, will be distributing all donations between other local charities. Donate here.
Lebanese Food Bank, which fights hunger and food insecurity in Lebanon, is collecting donations for direct relief for the disaster on their website
Additional ways for support, run by people from Lebanon for people from Lebanon, can be seen here
Other Ways to Help
You can raise awareness about the disaster by sharing videos of it on your social media accounts. Please note that those videos are graphic, as they show the moment the explosion happened.
You can check out some of the videos in this list.
The Beirut Explosion Megathread will have up-to-date information for people within Lebanon and for those who would like to help.
Even if you cannot donate yourself, please share these charities and promote the cause!