On August 4, two explosions in the port ripped through Beirut, Lebanon and left more than 150 dead, 6,000 injured, 300,000 homeless and a total loss in property damage of more than $10 billion.
Humanitarian relief organizations are on the ground addressing the immediate needs of the people affected by this tragedy and many individuals and organizations in Lebanon and around the world are stepping up to the plate to help our sisters and brothers in Lebanon.
More importantly, Lebanon's only major grain silo was destroyed in the blast and there is now only enough grain to sustain the population for 2+ months. Since Lebanon imports the vast majority of wheat, there will be a severe shortage in the country until a new storage structure can be built.
Sukup Grain Storage in Sheffield, Iowa has agreed to help us and they will build the new grain elevators, ship them, and install them in a new location. The production of new grain elevators for the equipment, installation, including engineering, construction, and shipping to Lebanon will cost $3 million.
Veterans for Peace (Chapters 161, 163, and 169) has generously offered to serve as the fiscal agent for this project as they are a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization recognized by the IRS. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
We are working very closely with Moubadarat Wa KARARAT, (Initiatives and Decisions) a Beirut based Lebanese non-governmental organization with a mission to contribute to positive changes in society in Lebanon to identify and secure a new location for the grain elevators.
Most importantly, we are asking everyone around the world to please join us to raise the $3 million necessary for production of the new grain elevators and ensure that we can ship and install them in Lebanon in a timely manner to alleviate any more suffering that the people of Lebanon do not need. We estimate that this project from start to finish will take 7 months.
Please know that the people of Lebanon thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity!