As an initial response to this catastrophic event our NGO, Design for Communities (D4C), has launched the initiative “Help to Help Beirut” for establishing Relief Hubs in Beirut’s destroyed neighborhoods. We are setting up versatile relief hubs, in damaged buildings, to immediately serve the most vulnerable from the affected neighborhoods, their children, their families and the elderly.
With our firm belief that the quality of spaces is crucial for the healing process, our aim is to provide healthy, secure, and sustainable environments for multipurpose use and activities. The Relief hubs would house informal learning and play, psychotherapy and group therapy, food donations etc.
With an action-oriented design methodology and a participatory approach, we first survey actual needs and assess how our involvement impacts the community towards sustainable development. We work hand in hand with different stakeholders such as humanitarian agencies, NGOs and local authorities providing innovative and recyclable design solutions for community-based projects. Our team comprises young talented architects and engineers, and in partnership with universities we also engage students in our projects.
D4C has already identified several areas and locations for potential and projected interventions in neighborhoods around the port. Today, we have established agreements with shop-owners, relief hubs, and a school where we are designing and implementing several projects on the way.