On August 4, 2020, there was a deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon caused by the inadequate storage of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the Port of Beirut. The explosion resulted in 217 deaths, 6,500 people injured, and an estimated 300,000 people homeless. At least 8,000 buildings were damaged, of which at least 640 were cultural heritage buildings.
Repairs to historical buildings require specific skills because of the materials and techniques used. Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief (Miyamoto Relief) is one of a few non-profits that possesses the technical know-how to implement these targeted repairs in buildings of cultural heritage. With generous funding from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and other critical partnerships with local organizations, Miyamoto Relief is in the process of repairing ten residential units, allowing displaced families to return to a safe home