The awful Beirut Port explosion of August 4th 2020, killed over 200 people, injured thousands and devastated much of the city. The Operation Florian UK team and the Rotary Club of Baabda (Beirut) ensured a team from UK Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID) arrived within 3 days. Working with major authorities and the Lebanese Disaster Management Unit, SARAID coordinated specialist search and rescue work.
The RC of Baabda, alongside Save the Children, arranged emergency transport, accommodation, and other assistance.
Hundreds of buildings, especially in the historic parts of Beirut, need to be repaired. The Rotary Clubs of Manchester and Baabda, in partnership with Dutch NGO DORCAS/Tabitha, plan to:
Repair houses, schools and small businesses and essential services like water and lighting.
Help regenerate local communities,
Support displaced families.
Support the ongoing work of SARAID.
Damage repair and regeneration will take years.
The initital target is £5,000, to be spent where it is most needed. Each £100 will pay to repair a home entrance, damaged windows, plumbing, damaged roofs and/or other essential work.
Thanks to the generosity of District 1285 Clubs, nearly £4,000 has been raised. A big thank you to all the Clubs who have donated.
We are still open for donations:
BACS to Account No. 14435136, Sort Code: 01 05 31, use Ref: Beirut and your Rotary Club name - or via Just Giving page at:
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