On August 4, 2020, a fire ignited among stores of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, resulting in devastating explosions felt for miles. Around 200 people died, and hundreds of thousands were left without safe homes and businesses. As COVID-19 became more prevalent throughout the country, lockdowns made existing economic crises even worse.
PWS&D responded through partners at Canadian Foodgrains Bank and ACT Alliance. Cash vouchers were provided to families to purchase food and other necessities. Families and business owners were assisted in rebuilding their houses and shops, allowing people to return home or resume their work.