Survivors of the blast that drove thousands of Beirut residents from their homes in August found shelter wherever and however they could. The most fortunate had a friend or relative who would welcome them. Many did not. Some stayed in their homes, wind sweeping through where windows and doors once provided protection. Others resorted to tents or plastic sheeting, marking the time until the seasons would change, when Beirut's cold and rainy winter would arrive.
Many were people of meager means, struggling to survive under Lebanon's political and economic turmoil.
Yet thanks to incredible partnership from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Makhzoumi Foundation and Lutheran World Relief, many families have been able to return to repaired homes far more quickly than once envisioned.