Elie Hanna, an interior architect, is the founder and lead architect of the initiative Rise Build Beirut. Following the explosion, he felt an urgency to act “As an Architect who loves Beirut”. Having grown up in Achrafieh, Elie was always intrigued and fascinated by Beirut’s mysterious charm. To him, and to many others, Beirut is more than a city, it is a symbol “where ancient buildings reflect our heritage and contemporary towers represent a future filled with faith and hope”.
The explosion that shattered Beirut also shattered the lives of its residents and visitors. “Many of my family members and loved ones lost everything in a split of a second, and don’t we all know a heartbreaking story because of this catastrophe?” Elie explains. “I felt an urgent need to give a helping hand and make Beirut rise again once more,” he concludes.
Following his call for action, it only took a few hours to regroup more than 1,000 professionals and suppliers within the construction field who were ready to provide and contribute to Rise and Build Beirut.
Nowadays, RBB initiative brings together a group of architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, suppliers and volunteers who share a great love for Beirut to join efforts, offer their professional expertise and coordinate donations to efficiently manage the reconstruction project of damaged houses and businesses in the most deprived and underdeveloped areas.
Rise Build Beirut initiative was launched following the disastrous explosion that hit Beirut on August 4th, 2020, killing over 170 people and leaving thousands injured or homeless.
RBB initiative brings together a group of architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, suppliers and volunteers who share a great love for Beirut to join efforts, offer their professional expertise and coordinate donations to efficiently manage the reconstruction project of damaged houses and businesses in the most deprived and underdeveloped areas. The selection is based on the level of damage and the need of the occupants.
Their efforts and your donations will make Beirut rise again once more.
Following the explosion, the group collaborated with Beirut FER (Forward Emergency Room) under the supervision of the Lebanese Army by visiting many businesses and homes to create a database and assess the damages as a first step.
Then, locations are prioritized by level of damage and the vulnerability of the residents and an inventory of the required rebuilding material is created.
Our engineers and project managers take it from there. The procurement phase is initiated, and followed up by the reconstruction process, in which our team effectively participates.
RBB volunteers, who are engineers, architects, interior architects, carpenters, renovators, artisans and various professionals within the construction field, are divided by expertise within a database created to make up teams of complementary members to cover the entire rebuilding aspect to ensure a rapid process and efficient results. This includes – but is not limited to – design, procurement, quality control, and on site management.
RBB also teamed up with a chain of A-list suppliers who offered to donate construction material such as glass, wood and steel as well as tools and equipment to contribute into the Rebuilding Phase.
Despite the generous offerings, there is still a need for more products/supplies in the near future, and before the fall season, since there are thousands of homes that are torn apart and require much work. Residents of those houses are looking forward to having safe and warm shelters before it starts to rain, and this is where you can help us with your generous donations.
The donations will be used in an effective way, since our technical team has an extensive experience in the field of construction. Donors can be sure that the best material will be bought at the best prices.
RBB will work to ensure full transparency by tracking all donations and reporting them on our website through the TRANSPARENCY REPORT. This includes monetary, in-kind, and skills donations. Donors will be able to know how their contributions unfolded and will be sure that their money has been used properly and wisely.