Beirut Appeal | ActionAid UK

Two explosions at a warehouse in the port city of Beirut, Lebanon have caused widespread damage across the capital, killing at least 180 people, injuring over 6,000 (including around 1,000 children), and leaving 300,000 homeless.

ActionAid is on the ground in Beirut working with local partners to support some of the worst-hit families with essential supplies like food, hygiene kits, masks and psychosocial support.

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Why we need your help

Fifty per cent of people in Lebanon live below the poverty line, and they have already been struggling with a surge of Covid-19 infections, as well as an existing financial crisis. 

Food stored in the city's warehouses has been destroyed by the explosion, including eighty-five per cent of the country’s cereal reserves

There is also a huge demand for water as the explosion damaged the water and sanitation infrastructure of the greater Beirut area.

Risk of gender-based violence is rising and protection concerns for vulnerable women and girls are mounting as well. 

What is ActionAid doing

ActionAid is working with our local partners in Lebanon on the ground, putting in place our emergency response which includes:

  • Repairing shelters such as windows and doors, and help clean up houses. 
  • Reconstruction of homes. 
  • Provision of blankets, bedsheets and pillows.
  • Distribute food and other essential items to families.
  • Provide psycho-social support for those affected. 
  • Provide cash for the most vulnerable families.
  • Setting up a 24/7 hotline for families to request support.
  • Reaching out to vulnerable women and girls at risk of gender-based violence. 
  • Setting up emergency safe spaces for those affected by domestic violence. 


About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.

Where your money goes

90% of your donation, after fundraising costs, will go to support the Beirut Explosion Appeal. 

The remaining 10% will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.



Page updated 24 August 2020