The Lebanese population faces a dire humanitarian crisis
The Lebanese economy is in freefall, 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.
We support our partners in times of crisis with:
Business cash support
Improved access to Education
Medication and health services
Emergency shelter for women and children
Where does my Donation go?
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises in the Middle East. If any funds remain after the crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control which limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept the Middle East Emergency Appeal so that we can respond to ongoing needs and future crises in the region.