With generous support from Presbyterians across the country, PWS&D has been responding with local partners to meet immediate needs and provide longer-term support to the most vulnerable populations affected by the Beirut explosions in August 2020, which caused massive damage to homes, grain silos and health care facilities. The United Nations estimates that more than 300,000 people were left homeless.

With a strong focus on supporting the most vulnerable, our response factors in and addresses other challenges present in Lebanon, including the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing economic crisis, political instability and a large Syrian refugee population.

A volunteer provides food to an elderly woman in her home in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)/ Håvard Bjelland

In response, PWS&D has been working with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and ACT Alliance (through the Middle East Council of Churches and the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees) to provide vital food and non-food aid, including:

  • Food vouchers to allow thousands of households to purchase the food they need
  • Vouchers for small businesses (bakeries, restaurants and grocery stores) for the purchase of reconstruction materials and supplies to support food-security related business activity
  • Rehabilitation of homes and schools damaged by the disaster
  • Water and sanitation kits for households
  • Emergency school kits for boys and girls for their return to school

Click below to support our ongoing response to the Lebanon crisis.



You can also make a gift through your church, by mailing a cheque or by calling 1-800-619-7301 x291. Please mark your donation “Lebanon Crisis.”