Blygold Foundation

Disaster in Beirut, Lebanon.

On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion of an estimated 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate at the Port of Beirut rocked the Lebanese capital. The explosion killed over 200 people and left 6,500+ injured. Initial reports show over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and businesses in a country already struggling economically, financial and politically. Fortunately, our partner, Souha Hakim at Blygold Foundation in Lebanon escaped unharmed. In the aftermath of the explosion, there is a great need for help across many sectors particularly for the education sector which has been significantly affected by explosion with over 120 damaged schools, and 8 damaged universities. After consulting with Ms. Hakim, it is evident that most vulnerable children did not have access to learning materials and connectivity to begin with and post-explosion are now facing additional risks to their education. A clear need has been identified in the need for digital tools to ensure children can continue to pursue their education. We as Blygold Foundation want to contribute to the educational needs of these disadvantaged children and together with Souha, we have selected to work with Ajialouna Organization (“Ajialouna”) based in Beirut, Lebanon. Below is a short introduction to some of the work Ajialouna Organization does and needs in the Education sector in Lebanon. Education has always been a priority for Ajialouna, ensuring children have access not only to education, but also to the necessary tools to succeed. Established in 1995, Ajialouna is a women-led non-profit organization engaged in charitable, cultural, social, healthcare and educational programs in Lebanon. Its efforts in the education sector include its “Tomooh” (Ambitions) scholarship program launched in 2006 to support an average of 250 underprivileged students annually across the country with academic scholarships to pursue their higher education. Ajialouna also supports 800 families of students attending public and private schools in Lebanon who benefit from educational and financial assistance annually. The imminent start of the 2020/2021 school year will see a blended learning approach beginning with remote learning until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, which is not anticipated until next year. The devastating Beirut port blast that rocked the country has only exacerbated the economic and financial strain on the country. Families were already struggling due to the deterioration of the economic situation and the restricted access to bank account deposits. In 2020, 1 out of every 3 Lebanese has been pushed into unemployment while 20% of the remaining population has seen their salaries reduced. Now, with homes destroyed as a result of the Beirut port explosion, families have had to relocate, with limited access to educational materials and connectivity. There is a great need for educational tools and supplies - electronic devices (such as laptops and tablets) and internet connectivity to ensure remote learning support for children. With your charitable donations, together we can help children secure their educational future by providing them with the tools they need during these difficult times.
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