Beirut: Hope Amidst an Ocean of Misfortune

by | Oct 1, 2020 | News, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) Lebanon is still on the frontline helping those  afflicted by the August 4th blast.

Medical Supplies

Thanks to the funds raised by the SSVP USA, the Commission for International Aid and Development (CIAD) can provide humanitarian projects, medical clinics and the different SSVP Conferences in the country with medical supplies and medicines, which are duly classified and delivered to patients or families on prescription.

In this regard, our fellow members reveal that they are “filling in small gaps in this great ocean of misfortune”.

Besides this medical aid, the CIAD provided emergency aid amounting to 5,000€, the result of joint contributions from different twinning projects supported by the Lebanese Conferences belonging to the International SSVP. Any collaboration is welcome given the extreme situation the country is experiencing.

The blast has also afflicted the SSVP

On the other hand, the devastation wreaked by the blast on August 4th in Beirut has brought death, destruction, and left thousands of homeless and jobless families in its wake. The SSVP itself has also been afflicted by this misfortune: the façade of its headquarters’ being shattered, and its doors, windows, roofs, walls and furniture destroyed.

Fortunately, a Vincentian meeting, which was scheduled at the very same time of the blast, was cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown protocols, thus sparing the lives of members of SSVP in Beirut.

Fund-Raising Campaign

Notwithstanding all the difficulties, the SSVP in Lebanon is working to help those most affected by Beirut’s blast: emotional support, distribution of clothes and food, and health care… In fact, the fund-raising campaign is still underway. For further information about this campaign and its work with the most vulnerable families, visit the following website: