About + FAQs
In early 2020, Lebanon was fighting an economic crisis and a COVID-19 pandemic. The country was already wobbling at the knees when on August 4, 2020, a catastrophic explosion hit its capital, Beirut. The blast left 150+ people dead, over 5,000 injured, and 300,000 displaced. Lebanon is going through a major crisis and needs help.
Why this website?
Many organizations, including local and international NGOs, jumped in to help support those in need. However, some people got overwhelmed and confused about where they can donate. A few websites, apps, and news articles tried to keep a list of those organizations, but most were lacking important contextual information. For example, some lists were not clear on what the organizations will do with the money, who specifically gets the funds (i.e., which NGOs), and whether the donations are tax-deductible (for those based in the US). This site is an attempt at trying to clarify all of that for you so you can make an informed decision.
Do you personally accept donations or make a commission?
No. This site does not accept any direct donations, nor does it make a commission off of any of those links. This is just a consolidated list of organizations with a direct link to their websites.
Who is behind this site?
My name is Hassan Osman. I'm Lebanese American and I live in Boston, Massachusetts. I'm a Director at Cisco Systems (views are my own), and I set up this site to try and guide others on how they can help. Please note: This is a one-person job, and even though I've had a couple of folks help out (including the awesome Habib Haddad), I need to manually keep the information current, so it might take some time to get updated. Also, I'm neither a lawyer nor a tax accountant, so please do your own due diligence before donating to those organizations.
What criteria are you using?
The primary focus of this list is on organizations that are directly supporting relief efforts related to the Beirut explosion. While there are many great international organizations helping out, I did not include them if their donation page is not very clear on how (and how much of) those donations are being directed to Lebanon.
How can I help?
You can help in one of three ways. First, please consider donating to one of the organizations listed above. Every little bit helps, even if it's just $10. Second, please share this site with others so that they can consider donating as well. Third, if you have a legitimate organization that's missing from this list (and meets the criteria), I'd appreciate it if you help out by sending me the info about it (link, logo, and bullets as shown above), so I can add it in.
Questions/ Concerns/ Request to add another org?
Please email me at hassan [[at]] thecouchmanager [[dot]] com