There are many ways you can
participate in humanitarian relief in Lebanon now. A primary focus of
this relief is providing help to those in centers for the displaced. As
of noon Friday, July 21, the Ministry of Social Affairs indicated that
there were 180,000 displaced persons being taken care of in 170 centers
for the displaced, mostly in public and private schools throughout
Lebanon. These numbers continue to grow by the hour as more displaced
find their way to shelters and the information is transmitted to the
Higher Relief Council, the central coordination office based at the
Grand Serail. In addition, there are many other displaced people being
housed in people’s homes, some with help from government relief
services.&Different ministries are taking responsible for the centers
for the displaced in regard to issues of security, administration,
health, hygiene, etc under the general coordination of the Higher Relief
Council. The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for four issues
on the site of these centers:
1) Recreation for
children, both to minimize their trauma from the experience and to
identify children who need special attention
2) hygiene and basic
3) conflict resolution, and
4) registering needs and complaints.
Those who want to volunteer should try to register by calling the
National Relief Hotline (01-985880). And those who can, should come to
one of two orientation and training meetings (with or without being
registered). Go either Tuesday or Thursday (July 25th or 27th)
at noon at the main office of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Badaro.
For those who wish, volunteers can be paired to volunteer together.
Whatever your profession, skills, abilities, and education, you can
volunteer to help in some way.
COLLECT GOODS AND MONEY
Many centers for the displaced are being managed by political,
religious, or social organizations. You are encouraged to help your
group or work with the Ministry of Social Affairs to help those centers
for the displaced
without an organization sponsoring them.
Most groups working with centers for the displaced need the following:
1) FOOD (Priority)
Cereals (lentils, beans, peas, ...)
Sleeping Mats (PRIORITY)
Sanitary towels for women
Diapers for children from 0-2 years old
Multi-purpose analgesic (Panadol, Tylenol)
5) RECREATION FOR CHILDREN
Crayons and paper
organizations serving the displaced will
accept money, they sometimes prefer that people bring the goods because they are
having difficulty finding shops open and with reasonable prices. They also need another institutional kitchen,
like a restaurant, to help cook large numbers of meals.
The Red Cross is providing medical relief only. It is not providing
any other humanitarian aid. The Red Cross does not need any
additional volunteers since its volunteers are trained and experienced,
and this is not the time to provide training to new recruits. But it
does need people to donate money to provide medicines for those in need
from the market in Lebanon. Donations can be made through your bank to
the Red Cross account at Bank Audi – Bab Idriss – 841500 - Swift Code:
AUDBLBBX or in person at the Spears Red Cross center. For more
information, call 01-372802-3-4-5. It also needs wheelchairs, unopened
medicines, milk for infants, and diapers for infants and the elderly.
Bring to any Red Cross Center, preferably to the main center at Spears.
RELIEF CENTER (SAMIDOUN)
One group, the Spears Relief
Center, with headquarters at the Yamout Bldg (Zico House) in Spears is
taking care of 33 schools in Beirut for about 15,000 displaced (as
of Thursday July 20, with the number rising constantly).
As with most centers for the displace, they need volunteers as well as
mattresses, canned food, baby milk, diapers, toilet paper, detergent
soap, clothes, and books and toys for children.
Go in person or call 01-745092.
OFFRE JOIE / FARAH
Offre Joie volunteers are in the field. You can help. We need
volunteers. Join us.
For all regions
For the South:
For the North:
And more if you want:
Mowatinun (which hit the number of 60 volunteers) is helping, as of the
12th day of the Israeli aggression, some 2500 persons in need. They
provide them with basic supplies and utilities, three meals a day,
hygiene and medical care.
volunteer or drop off supplies from the list above, visit their main
office facing the southern entrance of the Sanayeh Garden, or contact
them by phone or email.
For more information:
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Coordinators of the
Siham Abu Jaoude
Mona Abd al-Samad
GIVE BLOOD DONATIONS
At various times,
blood banks from the Red Cross and different hospitals appeal to people
to donate blood. There are specific requirements of age, weight, health,
family medical history, and past travel for being a blood donor so that
it is best to make sure you qualify before going to a blood center, if
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
People in relatively safe areas of the country, like most in the
north, can help without going to less safe areas:
1) You can identify the centers for the displaced in your area and help
them. Contact the Qa’immaqam in your area to know what schools are being
used for the displaced.
2) You can collect money for the Red Cross and other relief
organizations that you trust and have the money transferred through your
3) You can collect and donate light foam mattresses, diapers for infants
and elderly, canned foods and dry grains, children’s books, games, balls
and other recreational items, soap, and detergent.
4) Children and adults can make hygiene kits (soap, detergent, combs,
toothbrushes, etc.), recreation/sports kits (crayons or colored pencils,
coloring books, games, balls, etc); or education kits (story books for
small children, educational games, paper, pencils, etc.). If possible,
put your kit in a nice cloth bag or box, and include a positive,
encouraging personal note that shows the recipients that you care. It
can be signed or unsigned.
**For both 3) and 4), if you don’t know what local center to give them
to, contact the National Relief Hotline (01-985880) or have someone
going to Beirut drop them off at the Yamout Bldg, Spears.