Joining the ranks of fellow industry colleagues; George Clooney, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, and more, American actor Meryl Streep has donated US $25,000 in support of victims impacted by the Beirut explosions. Taking the lives of at least 190 people, the blasts of August 4 left hundreds of thousands of Beiruti’s injured, homeless, and traumatized in its wake. Donating to Kafa (meaning ‘enough’ in Arabic), a non-governmental Lebanese organization that aims to eliminate gender-based violence and exploitation in the country, Streep’s donation will undoubtedly go a long way. Founded in 2005, Kafa is a ” feminist, secular, Lebanese, non-profit, non-governmental civil society organization seeking to create a society that is free of social, economic, and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women.”
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Thank u #MerylStreep for ur generous contribution to Kafa’s relief work supporting women who lost their houses,or have been injured/traumatized as a result of Beirut explosion.
Your contribution with 25000$ is not but an additional proof of ur support of women’s rights pic.twitter.com/pZ33syE2XO
— KAFA 🚫 Violence & Exploitation (@KAFALebanon) August 31, 2020
Taking to Twitter to thank the Oscar-winning actor for her donation, Kafa wrote “Thank you Meryl Streep for your generous contribution to Kafa’s relief work supporting women who lost their houses, or have been injured [and] traumatized as a result of the Beirut explosion.” “Your contribution with $25,000 is… additional proof of your support of women’s rights,” the tweet concluded.
In addition to donations such as Streep’s, the people of Beirut have been remembered through a number of initiatives undertaken by fashion brands, companies, and more. Most recently, it was announced that The PepsiCo Foundation, along with its bottling partner Societe Moderne Libanaise pour le Commerce (SMLC), would donate $1 million to assist relief efforts in the grief-stricken city. Following in the footsteps of brands such as Deliveroo, Facebook, H&M, and more, Pepsi’s donation will help provide meals, contribute to rebuilding efforts, and support medical and healthcare facilities in need.