On August 4th, 2020 the largest non-nuclear explosion in history tore through Beirut and decimated entire neighborhoods, leaving over 250,000 residents in the dark.
Light Reach and Lebanese activist and lighting designer Manal Kahale partnered to bring solar-powered lights to Beirut. Beirut’s already unreliable electricity supply was crippled by the blast. With the ongoing economic crisis, the state electricity company cannot import enough fuel to power the country, so an informal network of diesel generators fills the gap. For too many people, generators, fuel and utility bills are simply not affordable, and they live in the dark.
Our groundwork progresses rapidly - between lockdowns and curfews - and with our first 1,500 lights, we will soon have already served about 800 families, 150 buildings, 5 streets and 1 park.
We work closely with our fantastic local partners to serve those most in need and intervene in public space: Beit el Baraka, Live Love Beirut, Al Chafaka, l’Ecoute NGO and Nusaned.
Please help us achieve our goal and support our work.