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What makes our donation platform distinct

At digiTAL we are spearheading a donor-centered platform that puts transparency and donor choice at the forefront while ensuring that some of the most vulnerable families in Lebanon get the help they need.

Unlike other donation platforms, digiTAL openly shares the socio-economic circumstances of families in need and allows donors to choose not just which family they want to support but also what kind of aid they want to give.

All money donated for food assistance will be used to purchase boxes of staple food and diapers and/or formula (if needed). These boxes include products such as rice, beans, pulses, pasta, flour, sugar, salt, oil, cheese, powdered milk, bread and local staples such as zaatar and tahini.

Cash assistance goes directly to the families, allowing them the flexibility to cover their pressing needs, such as utility costs, rent, special food requirements, etc.

Donations earmarked for medical assistance will be used to purchase medicine with a doctor’s prescription.

*Note that the exchange rate used on this platform is based on the average market rate from the prior two months.

How it works

How are families selected

Given our team’s strong connections to the local community, we are aware of local families struggling to buy food and medicine. These families are personally vetted by our management team to identify their current resources and needs.

Why do we focus on families from North Lebanon? While much-needed funds have been raised to support the rebuilding after the Beirut blast, families in the North Governorate have continued to suffer from unemployment, hunger, and some even losing their jobs as a result of the blast. The ongoing impact of the pandemic and lockdowns have left many without work and an income to cover their basic needs.

Communities in the North Governorate have often been ignored by policymakers in Beirut while unemployment, poverty, inflation, and civil unrest have and continue to be higher in the North.

While digiTAL supports families across Lebanon, the majority come from communities in North Lebanon.

Family 1
Single-mother with two disabled children
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Case

This family is headed by a widowed mother who works as a cleaning woman in the informal sector while she cares and financially supports her two children who require expensive medication on a monthly basis.

Income

Around 400,000 LL or $45 monthly*

Aid needed

Medication costing 3,600,000 LL per month ($407)

Food aid costing 1,000,000 LL per month ($113)

Details

Total members of household: 3

Head of household: female

Marital status: widowed

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 2

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 2

Family 2
Underemployed with three elderly members
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Case

This family is headed by a middle-aged man whose small business has been badly hit by the economic crisis. With practically no income, he must financially support his elderly parents and a relative.

Income

No income at the time due to lockdown

Aid needed

Medication costing 750,000 LL per month ($85)

Food aid costing 1,200,000 LL per month ($136)

Details

Total members of household: 4

Head of household: male

Marital status: single

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 3

Disabled: 1

Family 3
Underemployed with three children and elderly parent at home
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Case

This family is headed by a middle-aged man who works at the Beirut port. His work was already very slow before the blast. To date, he transports goods to the port a couple days a week, but it’s not enough to take care of his family. He has three children and lives with his elderly mother.

Income

500,000 LL ($57)

Aid needed

Medication costing 250,000 LL per month ($29)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Details

Total members of household: 6

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 1

Children aged 6-18: 2

Elderly: 1

Disabled: 0

Family 4
Underemployed household headed by single mother
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Case

This family is headed by a single mother whose small business has been affected by the economic crisis. She lives with her children and grandchild and her son is the only person working, albeit at very low wages.

Income

Monthly income for son is 1,200,000 LL ($136)

Aid needed

Medication costing 200,000 LL per month ($23)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Details

Total members of household: 5

Head of household: female

Marital status: divorced

Children 5 and under: 1

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 5
Father with very low pension and three children
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Case

This family is headed by a retired father whose pension is not enough to cover their monthly needs.

Income

Monthly pension income 1,000,000 LL ($113)

Aid needed

Medication costing 100,000 LL per month ($12)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Details

Total members of household: 5

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 3

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 6
Disabled father with unemployed adult children
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Case

This family is headed by a father who was badly injured while working on a construction site. As a result he is unable to work again. His two adult children have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and economic crisis.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Medication costing 450,000 LL ($51)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Details

Total members of household: 4

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 1

Family 7
Three elderly with no income
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Case

This family is headed by an elderly man who lives with a relative and his wife. They have no source of income.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Medication costing 250,000 LL per month ($29)

Food aid costing 1,000,000 LL per month ($113)

Details

Total members of household: 3

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 3

Disabled: 1

Family 8
Underemployed couple with two young children
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Case

This family is headed by a young couple with no regular source of income and with two young children to support.

Income

Monthly income varies but around 400,000 LL

Aid needed

Food aid costing 1,000,000 LL per month ($113)

Diapers costing 200,000 LL per month ($23)

Formula costing 200,000LL per month ($23)

Details

Total members of household: 4

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under 2

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 9
Father with a very low pension and four children
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Case

This family is headed by a retired father whose pension is very low and not enough to cover this family’s monthly needs.

Income

Monthly pension income 1,200,000 LL ($141)

Aid needed

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Details

Total members of household: 6

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 1

Children aged 6-18: 3

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 10
Unemployed father of three children, one of which is very bright but unable to continue his education
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Case

This family is headed by an unemployed father of three children who cares for his elderly father. The oldest son is very bright and wishing to pursue his PhD at just 22 years old. His dream is to complete studies in Europe but his family cannot afford it.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Education expenses $600 (one-time)

Details

Total members of household: 6

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 2

Elderly: 1

Disabled: 0

Family 11
Unemployed middle-aged man with medical conditions
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Case

This family is headed by a man who worked as a school bus driver. With schools closed due to the pandemic, he has been unemployed for nearly a year. He often has to go without or take half a dose of his medication because he is unable to afford it. He also supports his elderly father and disabled aunt.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Medication costing 500,000 LL per month ($57)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Rent costing 600,000 LL per month ($68)

Details

Total members of household: 4

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 2

Disabled: 1

Family 12
Unemployed elderly couple with medical conditions
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Case

This family is headed by an elderly man who worked as a taxi driver. His work has been very slow since the pandemic. Him and his wife have numerous medical conditions and have had to sell their car – his source of income – to pay for hospital fees.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Medication costing 500,000 LL per month ($57)

Food aid costing 1,000,000 LL per month ($113)

Rent 600,000 LL per month ($68)

Details

Total members of household: 2

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 2

Disabled: 1

Family 13
Unemployed couple with three adult children - all unemployed
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Case

This family is headed by a man who worked as a taxi driver, but his work has been very slow since the pandemic started. His three adult children are also out of work and the father requires medication for heart disease and diabetes.

Income

Monthly income 0 due to lockdown

Aid needed

Medication costing 500,000 LL per month ($57)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Rent costing 600,000 LL per month ($68)

Details

Total members of household: 5

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 0

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 14
Unemployed father of four children
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Case

This family is headed by a middle-aged man who was working in construction but has lost his job due to the pandemic. His wife and daughter both have diabetes.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Medication costing 400,000 LL per month ($46)

Food aid costing 1,500,000 LL per month ($170)

Rent costing 350,000 LL per month ($40)

Diapers costing 200,000 LL per month ($23)

Formula costing 200,000LL per month ($23)

Details

Total members of household: 6

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 2

Children aged 6-18: 2

Elderly: 0

Disabled: 0

Family 15
Elderly man supporting divorced daughter and his children
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Case

This family is headed by an elderly father who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. He was working as a painter but had to stop due to his cancer diagnosis. He lives with his three adult children, one of whom is his divorced daughter with two kids. No one in the household is working.

Income

Monthly income 0

Aid needed

Food aid costing 2,000,000 LL per month ($226)

Details

Total members of household: 7

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 2

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 2

Disabled: 0

Family 16
Father with very low salary supporting children and elderly
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Case

This family is headed by a middle-aged man who works in a pharmacy. However, his salary is very low and not enough to cover his family’s expenses.

Income

Monthly income 500,000 LL ($57)

Aid needed

Food aid costing 2,000,000 LL per month ($226)

Details

Total members of household: 7

Head of household: male

Marital status: married

Children 5 and under: 3

Children aged 6-18: 0

Elderly: 2

Disabled: 0

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