Lebanon Emergency

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After the massive explosions that occurred on the 4th of August in the port of Beirut, and the major destruction that resulted from it, the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lebanon are taking a stand with the people of Beirut by responding urgently to the needs of those affected by the blast, accompanied by deep respect for the value of human dignity, united together as a global Good Shepherd family.

The Good Shepherd sisters responded very quickly to the emergency, assisting since the early days with the cleaning up of debris, bringing food, offering shelter and psychosocial support. They visited families impacted by the blast to evaluate damages and consulted with other local organizations and NGOs to identified the most urgent needs of those affected.

The emergency project will contribute to the wellbeing of the afflicted vulnerable people of Beirut and preserve their human dignity, developing the following activities:

  • Provide essential needs to the families who have been badly afflicted by the blast: distribution of clothes and shoes, food parcels, hygiene kits, household items, milk and diapers for babies and diapers for elderlies;

  • Contribute to the health and well-being of the people affected: distribution of medicine for chronic diseases and other, distribution of face masks for prevention against COVID-19;

  • Re-establish safe and functional home environment for the families whose houses have been partially damaged by the explosions: assistance for immediate repairs, replacement of windows and doors, refurbishing.

Beirut. An Afflicted city

This catastrophe worsened the already explosive situation in Lebanon as it was already struggling through the worst political, social and economic crisis ever, that pushed many families into poverty, and increased existing inequalities. The blast put additional pressure on the Lebanese healthcare system, already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

778,000+ people affected
220 people killed
6,500+ people injured
300,000 people homeless
160 schools damaged
17 hospitals damaged

A message from Sr. Hanan Youssef who is currently in Beirut

A drama strikes once again the Lebanese people. The port is destroyed, large parts of the buildings of the capital are destroyed with hundreds of deads and injured …we felt the explosion very strong, our house got shaken, like in a strong earthquake.

Who knows if one day we will know the truth behind this tragedy: already many call this Beirushima … it feels like a nuclear exposion …
 Meanwhile, hospitals have been destroyed, in addition to the tragedies of economic problems, the great wave of Covid and poverty that affects people who until recently were wealthy.

As Good Shepherd sisters and partners we are ready to provide support and relief to the people affected. Let us pray for LEBANON AND THE LEBANESE PEOPLE.

For someone like me, who lived through 15 years of war, it’s incredible to see that yesterday’s explosion destroyed the city worse than the war. The effect of the explosion can be only compared to that of a nuclear bomb.
The port is the only gateway for imported goods into the country. Lebanon is highly dependent on imports, over 80% of goods are imported. This is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Food insecurity food is huge now. Lebanon needs aid from the international community and the UN.

Sr. Hanan Youssef

Apostolic Councilor of Our Lady of Charity
of the Good Shepherd and a board member of GSIF.

Videos shot by a Good Shepherd volunteer

Our emergency response in numbers

Estimated beneficiaries: 800-1,000 families

  • 50 sets of shoes and clothing
  • 800 food packages
  • 500 personal hygiene kits
  • 500 packages of diapers for elderly
  • 150 school supplies for children
  • Medicines for chronic and other diseases for 250 families
  • Assistance for repairs and refurbishing of 50 houses

Your donations will enable Good Shepherd sisters in Lebanon to continue their vital work together with the people of Beirut, providing emergency aid to the most affected and offering services they need to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives.

The Good Shepherd Sisters in Lebanon

The Good Shepherd Sisters created the Province of Lebanon and Syria in 1983 and it now counts on 40 sisters, 250 staff and 25 volunteers. In Lebanon they run programs in support of women and children, empowering them to become resilient, self-sustainable and well-balanced members of society:

  • Good Shepherd Shelter for women, girls and children in Mount Lebanon
  • Good Shepherd School in Hammana
  • Dispensary St. Antoine – Community Health Centre, in Roueissat (Beirut)
  • Good Shepherd Social Center in Roueissat (Beirut)
  • Good Shepherd Social Center in the Bekaa Valley

Overall, the programs serve 30,000 people every year. The Good Shepherd International Foundation, GSIF, supports the programs in Lebanon with fundraising, capacity building and international networking.

St. Antoine’s Dispensary – Community Health Centre

The Dispensary provides access to quality healthcare to6,500-7,000 vulnerable people, including Syrian refugees, every year. 50% are children, 30% women and 20% men.  In response to the current emergency, the Dispensary is providing psychological assistance to the families via telephone and online to manage the trauma and distributing medicines.

Preserving a quality of life of every person in living in precariousness is the essence of the mission of the St. Antoine’s Dispensary – Community Health Center. The Center aims to offer the best medical service available, to the large marginalized population of the region of Jdeidet-Roueissetwithout distinction of race, religion or nationality. With the generous help of philanthropists and international donors, the Center is able to offer access to healthcare for over 6,900 women, children and men every year.

The St. Antoine’s  Dispensary is located in Roueisset and is managed by the Good Shepherds Sisters. It is one of the major health service clinics in Jdeidet-Roueisset area, one of the poorest of Beirut. It offers medical services for the poor, the destitute, offering them affordable quality healthcare and social services (the consultation costs each patient $2 only). The Primary Healthcare Centre offers more than daily consultations and medicine distribution: it is a real humanitarian service for all the community. It is a gathering place where people of different backgrounds, nationalities and religions (Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqis, Egyptians, Indians, Africans, Sri Lankans, etc.) can meet and communicate, and are encouraged to be supportive of each other.

The beneficiaries:

Around 4,500 families or 40,000 to 45,000 people inhabit Roueisset-Jdeideh, a district of a few kilometers. They are among the most impoverished, those who have nowhere else to go. They reside in an overcrowded area where housing is basic and overpriced.  Many families of 10 – 12 persons can be found living in one single room. Social services are not available in this region, and many families can hardly feed their children while schooling is not available for all children. Juvenile delinquency, alcoholism, drugs, criminality, thrive in the area. These precarious conditions give rise to the development of illnesses and diseases.

The Good Shepherd Social Center in Roueisset

The Good Shepherd Social Center in Roueisset was created in 1999 to improve the welfare of the most vulnerable families and eradicate violence at all levels of the community. The team of the Center works tirelessly to create a non-violent beneficial environment for children to grow up in and fulfill their potential.

The project provides services in three areas:

  • Education: children in Roueisset tend to drop-out of school early for many reasons: poverty, crime, negative influences and because they have been deprived of the ability to imagine a better future for themselves. The Center helps the children to stay in school and away from the streets by providing them with after-school tuition and summer classes. The program helps them to study, make them appreciate the importance of education and guide them towards a suitable job in the future. The center also values the importance of socio-cultural outings.

 

  • Family well-being: the center offers extensive psycho-social support to the families to stop or prevent violence. Psychologists, social workers and educators work individually with the various family members to help them improve their mental health, adopt non-violent behaviors and communication within the family and improve overall well-being and living conditions. Our team also raises awareness on important topics such as child abuse, healthcare and positive parenting through group workshops. Finally, many activities focus specifically on women in order to empower them and help them gain self-confidence and self-esteem (French and English lessons, Zumba lessons, peer groups and outings).

 

  • Peace between communities: the center organizes many activities so that children and adults form different religion or nationalities can meet, discover each other’s ‘culture and create bonds. The center promotes tolerance and understanding between the communities. Sports plays a major role as it is a great tool to get children from various communities to interact, create team spirit, play together and canalize their energy and aggression in the game. The Center offers karate and football lessons every week for the children. In addition, workshops are organized for the children to meet and discuss and debate on topics related to culture, identity, tolerance and togetherness.

The beneficiaries:

The direct beneficiaries of the program are about 250 underprivileged families living in Roueisset, with over 200 children (age 5 to 18), 200 women (age 20 to 45 on average) and 80 fathers regularly participating and actively engaging in our activities.

The whole community of Roueisset indirectly benefits from our program, that is over 4,500 families or 40,000 people. The beneficiaries are from lower socio-economic backgrounds and from various nationalities. Indeed, many refugees or migrants from Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt or other neighboring countries live and coexist in Roueisset. The majority are Muslim, with a minority of Christians. Not only the inhabitants of Roueisset benefit of the centre; but all disadvantaged families from all the neighborhood access the facility to participate to the different offered activities.

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