The Beirut Port Explosion on the 4th of August 2020 has directly affected at least 50,000 families. As part of its overall response to support the most vulnerable affected families, LRC is providing direct financial support to at least 10,000 families.
The aid will be provided to the most vulnerable affected families according to the results of the door to door needs assessments.
LRC will keep on re-assessing the needs and vulnerabilities continuously after the first distribution, and adjust the aid and amount accordingly.
per affected family for basic needs. This will be provided on a monthly basis for as long as needed and/or for as long as LRC has the funds to provide this aid.
by LRC or its partners for each family whose home has sustained damage, for urgent repairs. This will be provided one-time during September 2020.
LRC teams are conducting door to door household assessments within the area affected by the blast. More than 12,000 household assessments have been completed to date, with around 500 more being completed every day. Based on this, LRC will apply selection criteria (listed below) to select the families that will be prioritized to receive this aid.
Once this is done, LRC teams will again go door to door to give each selected family a package that consists of: a bank card, the pin code, a letter from the LRC, and a flyer explaining the process and containing the frequently asked questions.
The head of the household will be asked to sign a form confirming receipt of the card, and he/she will receive an SMS when the card is activated. After the SMS is received, the family can head to a BLF (Banque Libano Francaise) ATM and withdraw the assistance.
The beneficiaries will be able to withdraw the allocated in USD given that LRC received contributions from donors in USD.
Based on the duration of the assistance, the selected families will receive monthly text messages informing them of when additional funds have been transferred to the card.
Giving aid directly in the form of direct financial assistance is an effective way of reducing suffering and empowering those who receive it. Here are some of the main advantages of this way of helping:
Dignity: the affected family or individuals decide for themselves what their priorities are, rather than receiving in-kind support which is not suited to them.
Holistic approach: it reduces the fragmentation and duplication that often happens in humanitarian response
Value: it ensures that the highest possible percentage of funds reach the final beneficiary because the costs of providing this aid are lower than the costs of in-kind aid
Supports local markets: in-kind aid can disrupt the local economy, while direct cash assistance can help the local economy to re-start.
We recognize that the needs are great, and cannot be met by a single organization. The objective of the Lebanese Red Cross is to help as many of the affected persons as possible, for as long as possible, and according to who needs it the most.
This is why we have adopted a set of objective criteria for selection.
Pre-selection – only the families meeting the following criteria will be considered:
1. Families within the explosion area (3 km radius)
2. Not receiving the same kind of aid from other sources
3. Have requested support as they do not have the means to support themselves without assistance
Selection criteria – we will prioritize families meeting the largest number of those criteria
1. Persons above 60 years of age will be prioritized. This includes individuals as well as families led by an elderly male or female
2. Households led by children (under 18)
3. One or more household members having a chronic illness
4. One or more household members having a disability prior to or resulting from the explosion
5. Households with pregnant or lactating women
6. Light, moderate or severe damage to home
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