Our Beirut Relief Programming Is Made Possible By The Generosity Of The Caring Family Foundation & Individual Donors Like You.
On August 4, 2020, a deadly explosion at the port of Beirut killed nearly 200 individuals, injured thousands more, and damaged the capital. Since our launch in 2016, ART OF HOPE has been a vocal advocate & support provider for the Mental Health, trauma-relief & psychosocial needs of war-torn refugees in Lebanon. But TODAY, LEBANON - the host country to +2M refugees - is devastated with a a free-falling economy, COVID-19, and the aftermath of one of the deadliest explosions in human history.
That's why, hand in hand with our local and grassroots partners on the ground, we have focused some of our resources toward emergency & long-term support for the victims of the Beirut blasts.
In partnership with one of our long-standing local partners in Lebanon, Lebanese Youth Network, we provided 300 families in Karantina - one of the most impoverished port communities with medical & hygiene kits. These kits included safety essentials like masks, sanitizers, first-aid equipment, and personal hygiene products. Prior to our emergency aid distribution, our volunteers at LYN went door to door to assess the unique needs of these families in an effort to organize additional aid distribution based on their specific needs. In total, we managed to support 1000 individuals in this mission and will be conducting follow ups based on each family's urgent and specific needs.
To heal some of the invisible wounds of the blasts, we finished our distribution in Karantina with a circus act to bring laughter back into this devastated port community.
Programming For Youth
In partnership with another one of our local partners, One Pulse and in accordance with all Covid safety restrictions, Art Of Hope will be sponsoring a 3 - month - long trauma-relief, Art Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for a group of +60 teenagers affected by the Beirut blasts. The sessions also include workshops to boost the teen's confidence, self-esteem, and mindfulness amidst one of the most challenging times in Lebanon.