It’s been one month exactly since the horrific explosion occurred. When 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, negligently stored in a warehouse at the Port of Beirut, ignited on August 4 2020, the force of the blast that ripped through the city’s streets could be felt as far away as Cyprus and Syria.
While various initiatives, donations and relief efforts have been pouring into Lebanon from individuals and organisations from all over the world, the city and its people are still healing from the tragic incident – which killed 180+ people, injured over 6,000 and displaced over 300,000 individuals from their homes.
Many celebrities have been making a conscious effort to encourage their fans to donate, while also pledging significant sums to various charities and organisations, in support of the relief efforts.
Thank u #MerylStreep for ur generous contribution to Kafa’s relief work supporting women who lost their houses,or have been injured/traumatized as a result of Beirut explosion.
Your contribution with 25000$ is not but an additional proof of ur support of women’s rights pic.twitter.com/pZ33syE2XO— KAFA Violence & Exploitation (@KAFALebanon) August 31, 2020
Academy award-winning actress Meryl Streep is one of the latest celebrities to donate a sizable amount to Beirut. The actress has pledged over $25,000 (approx. Dhs91,000) to KAFA Lebanon, a non-government organisation supporting women who have lost their houses or have been injured/ traumatized as a result of the explosion. The organization is committed to eliminating gender-based violence and exploitation in Lebanon since its launch in 2005.
Other A-Listers such as Amal and George Clooney, Bella Hadid, Ariana Grande and others have also made sizable donations to support the country during this incredibly difficult time in the weeks that follow the blast.
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