As the Beirut blast echoed through the country on 4 August, killing over an estimated 200 people and leaving thousands injured, Lebanon’s capital was left in catastrophic destruction with homes, livelihoods and crucial living resources shattered.
The city is the proud home of countless talented and visionary artists who are essential beacons of hope and reflection for Lebanese culture, and who makeup an industry that provides vital employment across the country.
In a single moment, their livelihoods, life achievements and businesses disappeared.
The designers and creatives, whose showrooms and studios are mostly located in the epicentre of the damaged area, are now struggling to survive.
In order to combat this devastation, a group of industry professionals have joined forces to launch the crowd-funding campaign, United for Lebanese Creatives.
After constructive conversation with the affected designers, the organisers have been able to identify the assistance needed, alongside the amounts required for each of the 39 applicants. Supported by the unified aims of Starch Foundation, Slow Factory Foundation, Foundation Saradar, Bureau Des Createurs, Maison Pyramide, Faux Consultancy and Roni Helou, the fundraiser will benefit Beirut’s independent artists whose damages amount to over USD850,000.
This is where you come in. You can donate to the campaign online at slowfactory.foundation/superfund. Browse below to discover the affected designers’ studios before and after the explosion and for more ways you can support them individually.