Local restaurants, bars & nightclubs, hotels and other hospitality services are the backbone of our communities, tourism, and redevelopment in every corner of Lebanon.
The Hospitality sector directly employs over 200,000 people across the country, and indirectly employ more than 350,000 of workers up and down the food supply and delivery chain -- from producers, packers, fisherman, linen services, delivery people and more -- who depend on the continued revenue of restaurants to stay in business.
In addition to the catastrophic events of recent days, the sector has been faced with an economic collapse, a major currency devaluation, a series of continuous closures as the whole country confronts a global pandemic. This 'triple crisis' has now merged into a 'quadruple crisis', which will further deepen the suffering of sector who has already been pushed to the brink.
Following the 4th of August #BeirutExplosion, humanitarian relief aids are now crucial with over 200 lives lost, thousands injured, numerous still missing and even more left without a roof over their heads. On an industry level, the destruction of hospitality establishments has claimed the lives of many food service workers and the livelihoods of hundreds of other survivors. This latest blow is insurmountable without your immediate help.
In numbers, the destruction has impacted over 2000 hospitality establishments, 250 in Mar Mikhael and Gemmayzeh alone. This translates into over 5000 jobs currently either suspended or lost and a substantial number of of them being breadwinners. Many need urgent relief to survive, heal and move past this new hurdle.
Our Mission Today is to help save the sector yet again especially in Gemmayzeh and Mar Mikhael being the areas with the most hospitality establishment density AND the most affected by the #beirutexplosion. At the moment, we are busy:
In brief, our duty now lies in the recovery of the many jobs lost, the restoration of a stable source of revenue to many families, as well as bring life back to our beloved Beirut.