Beirut Emergency Fund 2020
Focus Area
Local Partners
Multiple Local NGOs
$8.7 Million
Geographic Scope
Underprivileged Lebanese affected by the Beirut Explosion

On August 4, 2020, a massive and deadly explosion rocked Beirut. It came at a time when Lebanon was facing its worst economic crisis, COVID-19 and unprecedented levels of poverty and hunger. Over 200 people were killed; over 6,000 thousand injured, and over 300,000 have been displaced. Businesses, schools, homes and hospitals were destroyed. In light of this disaster, the Lebanese diaspora organizations SEAL and LIFE, joined by LebNet, Jamhour Alumni and the non-governmental US based Kuwait-America Foundation have formed a unified humanitarian effort under the Beirut Emergency Fund 2020.
SEAL worked closely with its partners to address the most immediate needs and pressing challenges: Hospitals, Medical and Mental Health Support, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. Recipient organizations are undergoing a rigorous vetting and due diligence process. Disbursement of the funds is strictly governed with full transparency about recipient organizations.

To date about $6.56 Million have been allocated as follows:

$3,032,247 Million for hospitals/medical and mental health support
$4,157,778 Million for rehabilitation and reconstruction
$142,978 for other needs

Beneficiary Organizations are:
Geitawi Hospital, Hotel Dieu de France, St George Hospital, Saint Joseph des Soeurs de la Croix Hospital, Assameh birth & beyond – Karantina Hospital
Medical and Mental Health Support: APEG (Association pour la protection des enfants de la guerre), arcenciel, Embrace, Happy Childhood Foundation, Himaya, Lebanese Red Cross, Lebanon Needs, CDLL (Cénacle de La Lumière), Rotary Club Kesrouan
Rehabilitation and Reconstruction:
Baytna Baytak, Beit El Baraka, Lebanese Food Bank, Nusaned, Offre Joie, RMF (Rene Moawad Foundation), Solidarity, House of Christmas, Live Love, Melanie Freiha in collaboration with arcenciel, Al Ghina
SOS Children’s Villages, Rifaq El-Darb, AFLEG, Beit El Baraka, Nusaned, Al Ghina, Tariqna El Sama

For more details on allocations click here

We’ve come a long way since the August 4th explosion in Beirut but much more is needed. SEAL will continue to help build a better future for Lebanon in 2021 and beyond however, the Beirut Emergency Fund has officially closed on December 31, 2020. We will be updating the list of the remaining allocations once available.

Thanks to all of you, our generous donors, we have witnessed an incredible outpouring of support. Hundreds of Individuals, corporations, foundations and friends of SEAL have responded to the call for help, providing us with the resources needed to deliver relief efforts.

Many of you launched creative and innovative fundraisers through GoFundMe campaigns, art auctions, music and comedy events, Jewelry and fashion sales, art auctions, food & wine events, matched donations and so much more.

For the list of the many fundraisers that helped support BEF, please click here


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