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Relief efforts for families and children who were affected by the Beirut Blast

Location: 
Beirut

The United Nations, its partners, and other local and regional associations and institutions are working on medium-term interventions to pave the way for long-term recovery and reconstruction. According to OCHA's report, more than 1,000 families were assisted with multi-purpose cash assistance in three affected neighborhoods in Beirut. Approximately 200 micro, small, and medium enterprises were supported with rehabilitation work.

Also, 7,500 weatherproofing kits were distributed to more than 25,000 people, ensuring adequate shelter for them until the completion of repairs and reconstruction.

More than 2,200 people were provided with various psychological and social support services, and more than 1,300 women and girls have received sexual reproductive health and gender-based violence support services.

Also, as of September 15, 19,000 households in affected areas have been assessed, and 35,000 families are expected to be assessed by the end of October.

The Arab Network for Early Childhood Development continues networking with other working groups, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and institutions. Also, the network is still seeking through several meetings to secure the funding opportunities required to intervene in the most affected areas, which some has not yet been reached, to provide the necessary assistance for children and their families. Moreover, during the implementation of the intervention plan and the provision of services, the network is keen to follow a multi-sectoral approach, meaning that the network is eager to deal with all the aspects that affect children, such as their health, nutrition, and their surrounding and incubating environment.

However, all these efforts still fall short of responding to the needs of families and children who were affected by the explosion.

(Please check out the magnitude of the damage and the numbers of those affected in the previous publication: https://tinyurl.com/y4dpenj6)