الله يحميكي يا لبنان — Pray for my motherland, my country of birth, my beautiful Lebanon.

The recent events that took place in Lebanon are beyond devastating.

Since July 7th, I have been donating proceeds from my basketball planter sales to directly support families facing famine due to the economic crisis and shortage of food in Lebanon. The August 4th explosion changed everything, and worsened the situation for many of those families.

The explosion is a fifth of Hiroshima. Four of the largest hospitals in Beirut were severely impacted and had to evacuate all their patients with no where to go. The city is damaged beyond imagination and with everything going on in the country, this is the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our generation.

150+ deaths reported, 5,000+ injured, and 100+ are still missing. The population of Beirut is 1.5M and it is estimated that 300,000 people are homeless now

What's happening in Lebanon is nothing short of a humanitarian disaster.

The country completely relies on imports and is dependent on the port, which is now obliterated. Lebanon was already in total economic collapse, with people not being able to afford or access basic goods.

Hospitals are overwhelmed and understaffed. They have been short on medical supplies for months, don't have stable electricity, and are now dealing with 5000+ injured and a rising death toll due to the August 4th explosion in Beirut. Doctors and nurses are treating patients in parking lots, and some people are being turned away. Lebanon is continuing to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks as well which were rapidly increasing in the past few weeks.

Lebanon has been through so many wars, the city was rebuilt so many times but they’ve never seen anything like this.

The situation in Lebanon is heartbreaking, more than 500,000 kids are on the verge of dying of hunger. A third of Lebanese families lost their jobs in the past few months due to the economic crisis. There is a shortage of food on shelves, homes have lost electricity, and their currency is has lost more than 80% of its value in less than a year. Lebanon is the first country in MENA to experience hyperinflation, trending at 420+% this year.

I am beyond grateful I have been able to directly donate to families in need in the past month. This is all possible because of the proceeds from my planter sales and donations I have received from my network.

My list of families in need of support was already growing for donation requests but now this requires immediate attention. The coming days are about to be the hardest. Many will not not have a workplace to return to, their homes are severely destroyed. Government corruption is so bad that families are left on their own to figure it out.

I am now reaching out for anyone who can donate and support my mission as I am sending more donations in the coming days. I am including a direct link here where you can safely donate to NGO’s or send direct donations through my PayPal that will be transferred to families in need.

It is very important that we continue spreading the word about the situation in Lebanon, and ensure donations are only sent directly and safely to NGO’s such as the Lebanese Red Cross as the Government is extremely corrupt.

Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult time.

Sarina Hamamgi