Food packages for 500 needy families in Lebanon

The future of the Christian population is greatly threatened in Lebanon as it is throughout the Middle East – a population that has been here since the time of Jesus Christ. Lebanon is going through an economic collapse without parallel, with 2021’s rate of inflation approximately 225 percent. The currency has lost 90% of its value, vehicle fuel is unaffordable for most people, and the state electricity supply has practically collapsed, leaving people with just two hours electricity a day. Youth unemployment stands at 60%, and many families can barely afford to eat. Over three quarters of the population are now living in poverty.

The Maronite Diocese of Baalbek, which Christians are a minority, is one of the poorest in the country. Now the people are suffering even more, with wages equivalent to just $20 a month. For ordinary families, rent, electricity, food and medicine are a heavy financial burden, forcing many  to choose what is most important, such as cutting down on basic food in order to pay for rent or medicine.

The diocese is trying to help by providing food packages to help parishioners through the worst of their plight. The diocese appealed to us: “Let us join forces, so that no one have to go to bed hungry and so that as far as possible these people, too, can come through this crisis safely and regain their trust in humanity.”

Your help will also be a contribution to the survival of the Christian communities in Lebanon, where Christians have been living since biblical times. More and more people are abandoning their homeland, because they can see no future there for themselves and their families.

We are proposing to help the Diocese of Baalbek to feed the 500 poorest families with at least five members, such as those with several children or with elderly and sick family members, by supplying packages of basic necessities. We are sending $69,800 to meet their urgent needs.

Will you help us provide food to poor families in need in Lebanon?

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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