The last two months have seen high winds and heavy rains across Lebanon. Unfortunately, this has caused a huge amount of devastation and further displacement to many marginalized refugee communities. According to UNHCR, more than 360 areas, hosting 11,300 refugees, have been affected, with a number of these being completely flooded. At least 600 Syrian refugees in the Bekaa have been forced to relocate, and one young Syrian girl lost her life in the floods. A number of wonderful NGOs in Lebanon have come together to support those affected, including ULYP.
In the last newsletter, we announced our Caring Coats Campaign, asking for donations of warm clothing and blankets. Thanks to your kind donations, ULYP was able to deliver these essential winter items to those refugees affected by the weather. Your items were delivered to camps and gatherings in the Bekaa, an elderly center in Naher El Bared camp in the North, and a pre-school in Ein El Hilweh camp, Saida. This could not have been possible without your generous support, and the support of First National Bank (FNB) and other partners. The American Community School, Beirut, is still collecting winter clothes and blankets so please continue to donate everything you can, to help those in need. When individuals, communities and organizations work together, we really can make a huge difference to people’s lives here in Lebanon.
It’s never too late. Thousands of Syrian refugees are currently suffering under huge piles of snow, unable to leave their tents to access food, clothes or winter supplies. After the success of our Caring Coats Campaign in November-December, when over 45 large boxes of coats, blankets, jumpers, hats and more were donated, ULYP is teaming up with other organisations to spread the warmth. Together with two local NGOs based in the Bekaa (SAWA for Development and Aid, and URDA), we are reaching out to support those in need.
ULYP is receiving donations at our office in Hamra this week, from Monday the 12th until Wednesday the 14th 11AM till 2PM. A delivery will be sent to the Beqaa at the end of each day in order to respond as quickly as possible.
ULYP’s address is:
Beirut Building Company Bldg
Makdessi Street – Hamra Beirut
Phone: +961 1 346 422 | +961 1 745657
Fax: + 961 1 745657
In addition, for those who cannot physically make it to Hamra, we have partnered up with Uber (Everyone’s Private Driver™), and they have generously offered their services for free to pick up the donations from your homes and bring them to us!
Promo code: givewarmthleb
We are strongest when we work together. Let’s put our hearts into keeping everyone warm this winter.
For any further inquiries please contact Tara Hermez on 70 – 661112
Photo credit (top): Ramzi Haidar, Dar al Mussawir
So far the Caring Coats Campaign has been a great success! We’ve already received a lot of winter clothing for our underprivileged children, and we would like to thank you for cleaning out your closets and thinking of the families in the cold.
But, we still need more! That’s why we have decided to extend the campaign until 7th December. Please spread the word and let us know how we can help you help the families in need before the winter really starts.