People of the city of Zahle in Lebanon stepped up to help after the devastating explosion on August 4. They formed a project called Beirut Bi Aleb Zahle (Beirut in Zahle’s Heart) to help them organize their efforts. They have adopted one street that was severely affected by the blast and are working on restoring its houses and helping the residents. They hope to inspire other cities, regions and entities to do the same, adopting one street each to make the rebuilding of Beirut not only possible but quicker. “So much has been destroyed and lost to the blast forever, but the essence that makes this country great remains strong and alive: the people’s compassionate fellowship and love for their nation,” reports Maria Zahkour in The961.com

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