The situation in Lebanon is very bleak these days, with the currency having lost 90% of its value in the past year, skyrocketing inflation, and people’s life savings now stuck in the banks and having lost most of their value. On top of that, the country has been seeing increasing incidents of crime and civil unrest, and the Chakich family has been impacted by one of these.
The family lives in Bab al Tabbaneh, Tripoli, which is a very modest area. Our friend’s father, Mohammad Chakich, works in a furniture repair shop, but there has not been much work these days due to the economic situation. On top of that, the family has had medical bills to deal with in recent months.
Now, on top of the already bad situation, Mohammad’s car, which he and other family members saved for a long time to buy, has been destroyed in a freak act of violence. While Mohammad was at work and his car was parked on the street, fighting broke out between Army forces and a suspect who was fleeing arrest. During the clash, the suspect began throwing grenades (in Lebanon, it is not uncommon for gangs to have access to grenades), one of which hit Mohammed’s car and set it on fire. Fortunately, Mohammed was not in the car and was not hurt, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
The car was not insured, and even if it had been, insurance would probably not cover this incident, as most policies do not cover acts of terrorism. The government, likewise, is not helping, and the family certainly can’t afford to buy another car under the current circumstances.
The car that was destroyed, a Peugeot 206, was valued at about $6,000, so we are setting that as the fundraiser amount to hopefully enable them to replace it with something comparable. However, anything will help. This is a hard-working family that never asks for help and, on the contrary, they have always helped their less fortunate neighbors. But after suffering this loss through no fault of their own, they need the help now.
ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER ORGANIZERS
We are Abby Sewell and Dominika Ozynska, a U.S. citizen and a Polish citizen living in Lebanon. We are friends of the Chakich family, and when we heard about this terrible and senseless incident, we decided to do what we can to help.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
The funds will go to the Chakich family to replace their destroyed car. If the amount of funds exceeds the amount needed to buy a new (used) car, we will put the remaining amount toward assistance for needy families in Bab al Tabbaneh.