On August 4 2020, a huge explosion destroyed large parts of Beirut and made it largely inhabitable. Besides loss of livelihood of many individuals, the destruction of shops and small businesses is devastating and an existential threat.
As I’ve been working and living in Beirut for many years I know several families who lost everything they had. Through my network which I established through my collaboration with the Swiss Embassy as well as some trustful friends we will guarantee a good use of every cent we receive.
As the disaster happened very recently only, it is a bit hard to say what the money will be used for in detail. However, as a list of priority:
1) livelihoods (like destroyed furniture, windows, roofing)
2) support and renovation of small businesses like guesthouses, small shops, bars, restaurants
Of course we will communicate and record every cent we spend.
In case there is too much funding....
In case I/we receive too much finances and we cannot absorb all donations we will donate it to one of the following organizations (or maybe another one if it makes sense):
People who donated (so far 21'515.- CHF):
Lucas Beck, 2’500.-; Aurel Maurer, 200.-; Eli und Beni Wettstein, 300.-; Rose Marie Beck, 300; Christoph Scholl, 50.-; Pirmin Knüsel, 75.-; Birgit Baumgartner, 250.-; Michaela Giger, 100.-; Sarah Gigon, 50.-; Anonymous_1, 500.-; Clemens Pachlatko, 100.-; Felix Beck, 150.-; Barbara Low, 200.-; Dominik Baumgartner, 1000.-; Anonymous_2 500.-; Frank Burggraf, 300 EUR; Joy Kramer, 200.-; Ursina Kohler, 100.-; Marita Kohler, 250.-; Rudi Renoir Appoldt, 100.-; Silvio Sigrist und Barbara Vogt, 200.-; Conrad Hofer, 100.-; Guido Widmer, 100.-; Johannes Wick, 1000.- USD; Tim Wiesendanger, 100.-; Isabelle Schwab, 100.-; Mario Gregori, 150.-; Ivo Ineichen, 500.-; Patrick Huser, 2000.-; Franzisca Beck, 500.-; Samuel Wuest, 50.-; Alba Biedermann, 50.-; Manuela Steiner, 50.-; Michael Nägele, Nikolay Pavlov, 500.-; A. and C. Wettstein, 300.-; Sefan Meyer, 400.-; Michelle Zimmermann, 150.-; Thomas Bernauer, 200.-; Ulrike Ehlert, 500.-; Anonymous, 50 GBP; Natalia Elfimova, 100.-; Natascia Tuttobene, 300.-; Martin Käch, 200.-; Sk van Korlaar, 50 EUR; Ralf Dubach, 500.-; Evangelisch-reformierte Kirchgemeinde Lindau, 1453.-; Ralph Meury, 150.-; Damiano Azzinnari, 250.-; Roland Tresch, Andrew Jones, Martin Pfister, 555.-; Carmen Rahm Grobety, 250.-;Mirco Betto, Flavio Cotichini 360.- ; Olga Kopylova, 60.-; Elisabeth Taugwalder, 300.-; Anonymous_3, 500.-; Thomas M. Müller, 500.-; Cornelia Balsiger, 200.-; Reto Affentranger, 250.-; Jérôme Vonarburg, 100.-; Beatrice Howald, 250.-; Alex Dorr, 500.-; Haijing Wang, 1000.-; Ann Klemann, 50.-;
I transferred all cash which I collected to Beirut where it is used for the renovations. So, for the time being I am not collecting more money. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
I will update you on how the money is spent!