In 2019, we took two Insider Journeys to Beirut, and every one of our travelers fell in love with the city and its resilient residents. Tuesday’s explosion has devastated the city with scenes of destruction that are much more harrowing than even those of the Civil War. Thankfully, all of our Insider Journey hosts seem to be fine, though places like Le Grey hotel and the Sursock Museum have been massively damaged and the human loss and suffering is heartbreaking. The city had already been on its knees, due to COVID-19 and the decimation of its economy, with the currency losing 80 percent of its value in less than a year.
In the words of Lebanese filmmaker and activist Nadine Labaki, who joined us for an Indagare Global Conversation earlier this summer: “This humanity that is coming out of this [COVID-19] crisis is proving once more how much, at the end of the day, what’s going to help us in surviving anything is really us standing next to each other, as human beings, and just understanding more and being more and more tolerant.” Indagare is donating to disaster relief, and we hope that you will consider supporting these below charities, suggested by our friends in Lebanon (instead of government-run organizations):
The Lebanese Red Cross: Donate here
Offre Joie: Donate here
Impact Lebanon: Donate here
Chance Association: Donate here
Bank to School: Donate here
Arc En Ciel: Donate here
Bassma: Donate here
- Lebanese Food Bank: Donate here
- Beitel Baraka: Donate here
- Donner Sang Blood Bank: Donate here
- Food for Disaster Victims of Beirut, via Jobs for Lebanon: Donate here
- Caritas Lebanon: Donate here
For more information on life in Beirut during the COVID-19 era, stream Episode 9 of the Indagare Global Conversations Podcast with Lebanese Filmmaker and Activist Nadine Labaki, available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher—or read our recap of the Global Conversation with Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri of Beirut’s Bokja Design Studio.