Emergency Relief Call: Aid in Response to Beirut Explosion

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation stands in solidarity with the people of Lebanon. The explosion in Beirut comes as people are struggling to cope with multiple, complex crises of economic collapse and a global pandemic. With hundreds of thousands in need of immediate aid, ACGC Members are among the organizations which are providing support including food, shelter water, fuel, and protection. We encourage all Canadians to give generously in response to this crisis. We will convey updates to the public on this evolving crisis on this page, including updates from the Government of Canada, and organizations which support the people in Lebanon as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods well into the future.

More Context about the Crisis:

Beirut blast a ‘knockout punch’ after succession of crippling blows to Lebanon

Canada sending up to $5M in humanitarian aid to Lebanon after Beirut explosion

Radio Canada: Canada announces additional $25M in aid for Lebanon

Lebanon crisis: From August 4-24 donations to the Humanitarian Coalition will be matched by the Government of Canada to provide emergency assistance

More organizations which are working to deliver aid to those who need it most:

Mennonite Central Committee * Member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Together, MCC and its program partners in Beirut will address rehabilitation and clean-up needs arising from this disaster. Staff will determine the details of the response over the coming days. 

 MCC welcomes donations to this effort. You can give online or by calling our toll free phone number: (888) 622-6337  

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Development and Peace – Caritas Canada * Member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Development and Peace’s partners on the ground are already working to assess the situation and help those impacted by this disaster. Affected communities will need food, clean water, health care and shelter. The explosions destroyed a large proportion of the seed stored in the port, leading to fears of increased food insecurity in a context that was already greatly unstable due to the crisis. Their partners on the ground in Lebanon need your help to reach as many people as possible. For this country already struggling with COVID-19 and economic collapse, each donation makes a difference. 

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Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is making preparations to bring relief to the people of Lebanon following the explosion that rocked their capital on Tuesday evening. The catastrophic event killed more than 100 people, injured thousands, and left 100,000 displaced. The country’s food supply is also at risk as granaries were destroyed in the blast.
In conjunction with a longtime church partner in the area, we are evaluating how we can best serve, potentially in the areas of emergency food, shelter, and medical care.

Donate to Canadian Samaritan’s Purse

Red Cross
The Red Cross/Red Crescent is working to coordinate emergency relief and recovery efforts and get help to people in affected areas as quickly as possible. Money raised will enable the Red Cross/Red Crescent to prepare for, respond to and help individuals in Lebanon affected by humanitarian needs now and as the situation evolves. Current activities are mobile health outreach, support to health facilities, and strengthening of health systems. These activities may evolve based on emerging needs.
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Watch CBC Interview with Minister of International Development – Karina Gould



Government of Canada Updates

Update from Global Affairs Canada : August 19, 2020

As the situation on the ground in Beirut following the August 4, 2020, explosion continues to be critical, the urgent, immediate needs of Lebanese and other affected communities are becoming clearer. The UN has launched an emergency appeal on behalf of 300,000 people; almost half of the appeal’s funding will go to food assistance. Currently, as many as a million people need health support and almost 300,000 need shelter assistance. Concerted and quick humanitarian action is required to help those impacted by the blast, including by providing them with health care, food, shelter and water.

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today announced that the Government of Canada will allocate $13.5 million of its funding in response to the explosion to UN humanitarian agencies and the Lebanese Red Cross. It will also increase its contribution to the Humanitarian Coalition’s Lebanon Matching Fund by up to $3 million, bringing the government’s total potential contribution to $8 million. Together, this funding will support a range of humanitarian activities and a timely, effective and coordinated humanitarian response.

With today’s announcement, Canada has allocated $20 million of the $30 million in humanitarian and development assistance earmarked to respond to the devastation the explosion caused. Canada continues to monitor the situation and remains in close contact with partners on the ground to determine the best way to distribute the remaining funding.

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Update from Global Affairs Canada : August 8, 2020

The Government of Canada has launched the Lebanon Matching Fund. It will amplify the support of Canadians and reinforce the response of Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition and its members as they address the humanitarian needs stemming from the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020.

For every dollar individuals donate between August 4 and 24, 2020, to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members to respond to the crisis, the Government of Canada will provide a dollar to the Humanitarian Coalition, up to a maximum of $2 million.

Global Affairs Canada will transfer the matching funds to the Humanitarian Coalition, which will in turn allocate the funds among its members based on criteria such as their capacity and presence in the affected region.

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Update from Global Affairs Canada : August 6, 2020

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced that Canada is providing up to $5 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the tragic explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020.

This includes an initial $1.5 million going immediately to trusted humanitarian partners on the ground, including the Lebanese Red Cross via the Canadian Red Cross Society, to help meet the urgent needs of people affected by this crisis.

Canada’s contribution will help support emergency medical services and provide shelter, food and other essential items.

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