A massive explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed 200 people and injured more than 6,000 people, while dozens have been reported missing. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people have been internally displaced (IDP's) and 80 000 houses damaged or totally destroyed. Authorities declared Beirut a "disaster city" and imposed a two-week state of emergency. After the blast, several hospitals in the affected area were damaged, including being overloaded with injured people.
Lebanon, an already fragile state, has been suffering of years of insecurities, adding social instability and economic collapse reported in 2020. People are in dire need of basic humanitarian assistance such as "Food, Shelter, Water, Medical Supplies, and Hygiene kits to prevent COVID-19 spread and/or cash-based interventions to renovate and/or re-equip their destroyed houses. Moreover, families in distress (following the massive blast) require urgent Psychological First Aid (PFA) to prevent the development of traumas into Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ). Our team in Lebanon is already on the ground working and ready to provide urgent assistance and lifesaving basic needs
Dear friends in the US, I thank you for your kind donations to help save the lives of those affected by the tragedy in Lebanon. Please note that as our nonprofit is a 501 (c) 3, based in Washington, we are Tax Deductible in the US. We will be providing you with a tax donation letter!
With your generous support, we will be able to provide urgent assistance to the vulnerable affected people and make a positive change in the Lebanese Community.
On behalf of M(s) Zeynep Gülgün Gündüz
President & CEO of RET
Where will your money go?
You will be donating to RET USA dba RET Americas Inc, non-for-profit 501 (c) 3 based in Washington DC, who will be transferring your donation to the RET Lebanon team (already on the ground) for immediate humanitarian actions (undertaking already), or serve as vital co-funding for specific projects for Lebanon, following the preliminary needs-assessment currently being done in Beirut by RET Team for Shelter, Protection, Food, Repairs and restoration /Cash-based interventions.
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