Lebanon is currently facing its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
While Lebanon has had a long history of complex interconnected challenges, it hit a tipping point in October 2019 when currency reserves dried up, banks closed, the economy crashed, and over a million people across the country rose up to protest and demand change. A confluence of crises has battered the growing economic and financial crisis.
Today, nearly half of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. The explosion that decimated the Port of Beirut hit at the worst possible time for Lebanon. Amid rising COVID‑19 cases and an already volatile political and economic situation, it added yet another setback that deeply affected people's ability to cope.
The Lebanese economy has been in freefall since late 2019, nearly wiping out the middle class and pushing over half of the Lebanese population into extreme poverty. For those still employed, salaries are worth a fraction of what they once were. And soaring prices mean that many can’t afford basic food items. Unemployment rate is more than double the national rate.
Businesses are struggling to survive. Many are unable to keep up with skyrocketing import costs or accurately price products and services.
The spiraling economic crisis and political gridlock have people fed up.
Hyperinflation has struck at its hardest, making everything 12 times more expensive than what they used to cost.
We are unable to get warm for the winter because electricity hours are vey few to supply electric heaters, nor can we afford the price of gas for the gas heaters.
We can't either :
* buy our monthly chronic medications (which now cost a fortune, after the lifting of subsidies off of them) , nor
* carry out dental procedures (which cost a lot),
* afford hospitalization if we need (and we often do),
* afford surgery for my grandmother’s vertebrae, ..
They cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Please donate and help us survive through all of this ..