Lebanon Humanitarian Fund disburses $8.5 million to help families affected by blast

Lebanon Humanitarian Fund disburses $8.5 million to help families affected by blast

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Najat Rochdi, announced that OCHA has begun the disbursement of US$8.5 million from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund to provide rapid support to families affected by the devastating Beirut Port explosions.

Ms. Rochdi said that, “Given the scale of this tragedy, it is important we expedited funding to immediately begin the process of rebuilding people’s lives and support their recovery. I am further gratified that one hundred percent of this funding goes to NGOs in Beirut who are already working closely with vulnerable communities, ensuring assistance reaches the people who need it most.”

More than 180,000 people are being reached with life-saving humanitarian assistance, including through funding to NGOs delivering health, food assistance, and protection.

The allocation from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund supports five international and three local NGOs delivering assistance to damaged primary health-care centres, so they can continue to provide essential health care, mental health support and manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The humanitarian organizations also provide hot meals, food parcels, hygiene and baby kits to affected families, and emergency cash to the most vulnerable.

The $8.5 million allocation is complementing a $6 million allocation by the Central Emergency Response Fund, announced by UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock on 7 August.

The quick-release of the combined $14.5 million demonstrates how UN pooled funds enable humanitarian partners to deliver timely and life-saving assistance whenever and wherever needed.

Original source: UNOCHA