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Relief Distribution (part 1)

Beirut, 17 november 2023

It was quite tense for a while,

waiting to see if the 40-foot sea container full of beautiful items would be cleared and released from the port of Beirut without a hitch.
Fortunately, with the help of our guide and representative Georges Farah, it was.
We had hoped for this speedy outcome precisely because tensions in the region are so high.

After its release, the container could be taken to its unloading point in the Bauchrieh district, which is close to one of VVL Foundation's schools. Immediately after arriving, a team set to work manually unloading everything. Fortunately, we can load everything with a forklift in the Netherlands, but the school doesn't have one, so it's quite a job overall. Especially considering the temperature; in Beirut at the beginning of November it is still 26 degrees.

After selecting the labelled items, the goods were immediately delivered to the various locations. These included two more schools in Beirut, the orphanage, the psychiatric clinic and the physiotherapy clinic. The only items that will remain in temporary storage for a while are the backpacks for the school in the extreme south of Lebanon.

The first photos we received last week of the happy faces of the children at the government school are the most wonderful thank you to you and to us. The first batch of backpacks has already been distributed to the children there. Wonderful to see. Expect more photos from us soon, so you can follow along and see how everything gets to the right place.

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