Beirut 2020 - summary of all works done so far
On 4th of August 2020, a tragic explosion took place in Beirut. Being there, we decided to organize an immediate help. We were directed to St. Michael’s Church in the Mar Mikhail neighberhood, Port Area. We met there father Elia. Injured in the head, he was running around in the destroyed church, coordinating groups of volunteers. He welcomed us in his apartment, where the explosion tore out the balcony door and destroyed the interior. He promised to help organize a Team of people dedicated to serving those in need. He said that the Church would wait for renovation, and the most important thing is to shelter people around.
So we organized a wonderful Team of Neocatechumenate volunteers and a "mixed" (Lebanese-Syrian-Palestinian) renovation crew and than and started to work.
Six months later President of Domus Orientalis fr. Przemysław Szewczyk sat down with Elia in the church room (the coordination center of numerous NGOs, the place of distribution and trauma treatement), summarizing the works we did so far. The church walls are still cracked, water is dripping from the ceiling. And around the Church, a huge job has been done ...
So far we helped in renovation of 62 apartments, one school, sport club and supported restoration of 17 workplaces ("Give a Job!" project). We also distribuded food packgages, heaters, face masks, meals, medicine and many more. Total costs of the projects: 47 821 USD. Learn more about our mission in Lebanon, funds, partners and plans from the PDF report attached below:
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