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Explosion in Beirut: the Rescue and Recover Fund in action
A major explosion occurred Tuesday evening, the 4th of August, at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. The incident has devastated the city, which has since been declared a disaster area, only adding to difficulties for a country facing corruption and a sharp economic downturn. In response to the crisis, donations from BNP Paribas employees and French Retail Banking clients will be matched by the Group in order to support the Rescue and Recover fund’s NGO partners taking action on site.
The principal actions of CARE’s emergency response will center on the necessity to provide shelter for populations that have lost their homes. At the same time, in order to respond to the immediate needs of victims, cash assistance is being provided through the distribution of vouchers for food and other goods, as well as psychological and emotional support for victims.
In response to the emergency situation, the Red Cross has identified three priority actions: immediate support for the emergency services of the Red Cross Lebanon (food packages, hygiene kits, financing for mobile clinics, shelter for families who have lost their homes, etc..), purchasing items for essential needs, and long-term support from the Red Cross for future actions.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been present in Lebanon since 2008 with numerous projects and teams working throughout the country. Through their mobile medical teams, they have now launced ergency medical support for Beirtu. Their goal is to provide care as fast as possible to the wounded and transfer certain patients in need of trauma surgery to the Bar Elias hospital. The teams on the ground are constantly evaluating needs, both interms of hospital infrastructure and among vulnerable and displaced populations.
About the Rescue & Recover Fund
Launched in December 2012 by BNP Paribas, the Rescue & Recover Fund
is an innovative device for collecting donations, which permits to react
quickly and effectively in case of a humanitarian disaster. In addition, each
time an employee makes a donation through the Fund, BNP Paribas doubles the
amount. Since its creation, it has made it possible to pay more than 4 million
euros to its NGOs partners CARE, French Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders
(Médecins Sans Frontières). Learn More
Photo credit: Ahmet.
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