I have something to share with you that I think will bring a smile to your face. A number of days ago....  
 
Catherine (and the whole Humanitarian Coalition team)
Your Donor Relations Coordinator
Dear Friend,
I hope you and your loved ones have been well.
I have something to share with you that I think will bring a smile to your face.
 
A number of days ago, I promised you that we’d write again with more details on how your donation to Lebanon is helping. Our team here has been closely following the work of our members on the ground. I have to say that, thanks to your gift, the response is so broad and diverse that it’s hard to boil it down into one email. Here are some highlights for you.
 
Your donation provides:
• food baskets that will last for the coming 12 months: rice, bulgur, pasta, chickpeas, beans, lentils, canned meat, canned tuna, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and tea
• cash grants to hundreds of needy households so families can meet their basic health, shelter, hygiene and food security needs in a flexible and dignified manner
• injury care and rehabilitation for people with new or pre-existing disabilities
• household water tanks to families with damaged homes, and a connection to local water supplies
• support services for women and girls at increased risk of violence, exploitation or abuse
• repairs to damaged health centres and schools
• medicine and medical supplies to local health centres and support for health care
• COVID-19 awareness sessions, including children’s sessions, and personal protective equipment
• psychological care and safe spaces for children, and training for parents and caregivers on how to help children overcome their trauma
• training and counseling for adolescent boys and girls to improve their equal access to work
• financial help, business development training, technical support and COVID-19 prevention measures for small businesses
• livestock and feed to smallholder farmers.
 
 
Our members are hard at work on the ground and you can expect a full report when the projects are completed. Of course, as stories and updates come in, you’ll be the first to know.
 
But for now…
It’s an old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’re offering you this short video. I watched it yesterday for the first time and this one feels very special. Your generosity and solidarity for the people of Lebanon moved us all. Through these images, I feel like I’m seeing this wave of compassion reach Beirut with all its strength. The hands of the workers on the ground are really your hands. The smiles you see (even the ones behind masks) are for you.
It’s with a heart full of gratitude that I wish you a beautiful autumn, with just enough pumpkin spice to make it warm and cozy,
 
Catherine (and the whole Humanitarian Coalition team)
Your Donor Relations Coordinator