Three months following the Beirut Blast, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) pursues its disaster relief work on the field. Therefore, the Department of Service and Relief - Diakonia provided a new batch of relief supplies to the member Churches, to be distributed accordingly to the poorest and most in need families.
In addition, the teams of the Diakonia and Communication and Public Relations departments in the Council accompanied the responsibles in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the Hazmieh region, in a visit the houses of the parishes’s families in order to deliver them these supplies.
During the field tour, the beneficiaries expressed their joy when receiving the rations that included food products, cleaning materials and personal hygiene supplies, which they would not be capable to purchase it by themselves due to the insane increase of prices.
With a hollow laugh, one of the women said: “my brother and my husband passed away after fighting cancer. I also lost my parents due to a tragic accident; so I raised my children by myself, despite the economic and health difficulties I am facing from many years”. The woman thanked the Council for its initiative “May God prolong your life!”, noting that her house suffered many damages due to the Beirut disaster.
Also, it should be pointed out that, following the Blast, MECC launched two disaster relief appeals to support the Lebanese. To date, the Council is still making efforts in order to help a bigger number of affected people.