On August 19, the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies hosted a webinar on the causes and impact of the Beirut explosions, which included valuable inputs from Dr. Maha Shuayb, LERRN partner and Director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, as well as Dr. Ziad Abu-Rish of Bard College. 

LERRN stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the explosion at the Beirut Port on Tuesday 4 August 2020, including our partners at the Centre for Lebanese Studies. It is a terrible tragedy, coming at a time when Lebanon has been struggling with profound economic and social challenges, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our thoughts are with the people of Lebanon and members of the LERRN community in Beirut. We wish your families and friends strength in these very trying times.

Support from the international community plays an integral role in the pathway to recovery. Humanitarian organizations are assisting people on the ground in Beirut with basic needs, such as health care, food, water, and shelter. Every donation will make a difference and support where it is needed most. 

The Canadian government announced last week that it would match every donation made by individual Canadians to a coalition of humanitarian organizations to help Lebanon in the aftermath of this deadly explosion.

If you are able to make a donation, please follow any of the links below:

Government of Canada:


The Humanitarian Coalition (Donations made to The Humanitarian Coalition between Aug 4 and 24, 2020 will be matched by the Government of Canada):


The Red Cross:  


Basmeh & Zeitooneh:


Molham Team: