How It All Started

  • The lives of thousands of Lebanese citizens changed irrevocably on 4 August 2020 as a result of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut. The blast killed over 200 innocent people, left 6,000 injured or mutilated, caused damage or destroyed 80,000 homes & left 300,000 people displaced. It is considered to be among the most powerful non-nuclear explosions of all time and one of the darkest moments in Lebanon’s history. Bebw’shebbek was born in the aftermath of this incomprehensible tragedy.

Our Mission

  • The deadly blast at the port of Beirut has caused damage exceeding 15 billion USD. It has impacted all social classes across the capital, especially Beirut’s middle-income families — the lifeblood of the community. Bebw’shebbek’s mission is to replace the doors and windows of the destroyed homes, bringing them back — as closely as possible — to how they looked before the explosion. With the help of over 200 architects, carpenters, contractors, glaziers and painters, our objective is to get as many people back into their homes as quickly and safely as possible. Crucially, we act as a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable victims who’d otherwise be unable to afford the cost of repairing their own homes.

Our Story

  • Bebw’shebbek was founded by close friends and business associates Mariana Wehbe and Nancy Gabriel, both of whom were deeply affected by the explosion. Mariana’s office and Nancy’s home suffered massive damage, and the pair tragically lost friends in the blast. It is remarkable that they and their families were not physically harmed.

    Mariana and Nancy decided they could not sit back and just watch the humanitarian disaster that was unfolding before their very eyes. Besides the huge loss of life, the explosion had a devastating impact on the built-up areas surrounding the port, extending far inland. In these residential neighborhoods, 300,000 people were displaced in just minutes. The friends quickly mobilized and set out on a mission to assist those whose homes had been damaged.

The Team

  • Mariana is an expert in logistics and supply chain management. She spent 16 years at DHL, where she was responsible for many teams. She went on to establish her own public relations company, MWPR, representing artists, designers and creatives. Mariana has also given her time as charity auctioneer to over 30 NGO’s locally and regionally, such as The Brave Heart Fund, Tamana, Himaya, Human Rights Watch, helping them raise over 8 million dollars in total on stage. Mariana has leveraged her extensive network and organizational skills to mobilise the people team behind Bebw’shebbek. She is largely responsible for managing the volunteers, communication and fundraising.

    Nancy has extensive interior design experience. She is the founder of Gabriel & Guillaume, a traveling decorative arts gallery, and previously spent 15 years as a producer in Paris.Given her background in the field, Nancy has access to funding, contractors, interior designers, architects and other specialists. At Bebw’shebbek, Nancy manages suppliers, the procurement of raw materials and the control of payments and funds.

How We Work

  • On the ground

    1. Each team of volunteers is made up of interior designers, architects, engineers, carpenters and others who are skilled in rebuilding.
    2. Addresses of damaged home requiring assessment are given to then team leaders, who subsequently inform their team members.
    3. Each team reports back daily to provide feedback on the assessed homes, their status, quotations and progress with the admins of Bebw’shebbek.
    4. Once the assessments are approved, the teams and the admins follow up with the suppliers to arrange the flow of work.

    Remotely

    1. Admins assign the addresses per team depending on the size and what they have implemented.
    2. Teams have to upload each assessment along with footage online daily.
    3. Admins follow up with each team at the start and end of each day to keep updated regarding the progress of each assessment.
    4. The footage team compiles all the before and after photos and videos for each project in a unique document.
    5. A remote team is also responsible for procurement, social media, funding, administrative functions and other behind-the-scenes tasks.

Why Trust Us

  • Unite Lebanon Youth Project is Bebw’shebbek’s supporting NGO. ULYP has been fully compliant and registered for over 10 years. Our angel NGO has been supporting Bebw’shebbek by allowing donations to go through their platform.

    We act with integrity. Bebw’shebbek works totally independently and is not affiliated to any group, whether religious, political or otherwise.

    We take transparency very seriously. All of the work undertaken by Bebw’shebbek is fully documented and referenced. We provide our donors with a transparency report to show exactly how our funds are allocated.

    We know what we are doing. Bebw’shebbek is built on solid foundations thanks to the years of business experience accrued by its founders. We have access to a database of professionals to help ensure that our work is carried out in the most efficient and economical way possible.

Our Impact

  • Since its inception, Bebw’shebbek has undertaken over 500 homes. These have included homes belonging to the elderly and to families from all social backgrounds. Our goal is to fix the windows and doors of around 150 homes each month until we reach our 3000 homes objective. We are committed to rebuilding communities as much as possible to bring them back to how they were before August 4th.

Partners

  • Unite Lebanon Youth Project is Bebw’shebbek’s supporting NGO. ULYP has been fully compliant and registered for over 10 years. Our angel NGO has been supporting Bebw’shebbek by allowing donations to go through their platform.
    Visit https://www.ulyp.org/donate to donate.

Accomplishments
6 April 2021

650
Homes Completed
114
Homes in Progress
795
Homes Assessed
824
Homes in the Pipeline

Accomplishments
6 April 2021

824

Homes in the Pipeline

Accomplishments
6 April 2021

795

Homes Assessed

Accomplishments
6 April 2021

650

Homes Completed

Accomplishments
6 April 2021

114

Homes in Progress

Facts
11 August 2020

The damage extended over half
of Beirut, with the likely cost
above $15 Billion.