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Volunteers Distribute Aid In Beirut. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Lebanon needs your support now

Lebanon has been plunged into an economic and social crisis that has brought the country to the brink of collapse. Your support can help provide education, healthcare services, and immediate basic needs to the most vulnerable in Lebanon. 

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The Lebanese population faces a dire humanitarian crisis

The Lebanese economy has been in freefall since October 2019, which has seen hyperinflation drastically devalue the Lebanese Lira in what the World Bank says is potentially one of the three worst economic crises the world has seen in the past 150 years. 

  • The poverty rate has nearly doubled from 42% in 2019 to 82% in 2021 (UN - Multidimensional Poverty rate).
  • The World Food Program (WFP) estimates that food prices in Lebanon have risen by 628% in just two years. The price of bread has increased by six times in 2021 alone.
  • Fuel shortages have spiraled out of control - petrol prices have skyrocketed by roughly 1000% and cooking gas by 955% since the beginning of this year. 20 litres of petrol are now worth nearly half of the legal minimum wage, making it almost unaffordable to commute to work or transport children to school. 
  • Hospitals are rationing electricity and relying on patients to bring their own medicines due to a shortage of supplies, equipment and clean water. 

Parts of the population are at risk of hunger, something that has not been seen in Lebanon at this scale since World War I, not even during the darkest years of the Lebanese war. 

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. Please give generously to support our Lebanese brothers and sisters. 

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Hear from Caritas Australia CEO, Kirsty Robertson, on the crisis in Lebanon

Youth distributing food in Beirut. Photo: Caritas Lebanon.
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Youth distributing food in Beirut. Photo: Caritas Lebanon.

Your support will impact the most vulnerable

Our partner Caritas Lebanon is on the ground with:

  • Mobile Medical Units and financial support to cover hospitalisations
  • Solar power scheme to deliver electricity to Primary Health Care Centres
  • Improved access to quality education for students in Caritas Lebanon special education schools
  • Limited cash grants to shop and small business owners 
  • Comprehensive services for women and children at the Safe Shelters

Donate today to support the people of Lebanon.

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We are supporting Caritas Lebanon with

Business cash support

Education

Medication and health services

Emergency shelter for women and children