How it started
On August 5th 2020, the morning after the blast that took over 200 lives, injured thousands and displaced over 300,000, a group of local neighbors met at an abandoned gas station near Al Roum hospital to take stock of their shattered surroundings. Amid the confusion and chaos, the young group decided to hand out food to the distressed and traumatized neighborhood. This small gesture of solidarity would soon evolve into a fully operational relief center, providing food and medication, in addition to sealing homes. After the initial relief phase, Nation Station is now making the transition into a self-sustainable community hub.
Empowerment over Charity
Nation Station chooses empowerment over charity. Rather than to provide the affected community with temporary aid or momentary relief, Nation Station provides the means and resources for long-term, self-sustaining solutions. This philosophy of community involvement is reflected throughout Nation Station’s projects. Amidst the chaos of the explosion’s aftermath and in absence of competent governmental intervention, Nation Station chose a systematic approach to relief. Households are assessed by trained members of the community, street by street, building by building, case by case. The collected data is maintained and analyzed in a CRM to allow for reliable help, directly or through referrals to specialized NGOs.