Our work in Lebanon

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Our work in Lebanon

Concern Worldwide began working in Lebanon in 2013 because of the huge number of refugees flowing into the country from Syria. We also have programmes helping those affected by the crisis in Syria and Turkey.

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Syrians in Lebanon

Lebanon hosts the highest per capita ratio of refugees in the world, with over one million displaced Syrians currently living there – a quarter of the total population of the country. Most of these are living below the poverty line, with 71% living on less than $3.84 per day. As the war in Syria continues, the situation for refugees in Lebanon has become more desperate. Negative coping strategies, such as getting into debt and withdrawing children from school, are increasingly being adopted as savings and assets run out. This is contributing to rising vulnerability among refugee households and the deterioration of food security, with only 7% of displaced Syrian households being food secure. Read UN report

Shelter

Concern is working to help Syrian refugee communities by distributing essentials like tarpaulins, stoves, blankets, emergency cash, and repair and insulation kits so that families can stay warm. This emergency assistance benefitted over 10,000 people in 2016 alone. For those living in tented settlements, Concern distributes shelter kits before the onset of winter and in response to emergencies throughout the year. Concern also works with vulnerable families living in substandard buildings to help improve the quality of their living accommodation. Under this programme, we provide building materials and technical support for the renovation of shelters and ensure occupancy agreements between refugees and landlords are in place.

Syrian women help unload winterization supplies provided by Concern at an informal tented settlement (ITS) in Lebanon in December 2015. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide.

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Concern works closely with the Government to build and rehabilitate water supply and sanitation infrastructure. The includes boreholes, waste water treatment plants, water supply networks and storm water drainage channels which reduce the risk of flooding of refugee settlements and neighbourhoods.

Our work also includes connecting households to existing water and sewerage networks, and installing or upgrading toilets and handwashing facilities in both tented settlements and substandard shelters. Concern’s programmes aim to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugees by improving access to clean water, reducing water-related diseases, engaging in hygiene promotion and ensuring the provision of private, dignified sanitation facilities.

Education

Concern is also making great strides towards educating young Syrians in Lebanon. Since mid­2014 we have taught over 6,000 Syrian children with a specially developed numeracy and literacy programme designed to prepare them to integrate into the Lebanese school system.

Refugees from Syria take part in an art workshop at a Concern-supported Collective Centre in northern Lebanon. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwid

Parent caregiver groups are implemented to help parents provide positive parenting and support to children with learning. Concern also runs a homework and retention support programme for Lebanese and Syrian children who are at risk of failing classes or dropping out of school. Within our education programmes, psychosocial support for children is provided to help mitigate against the negative impact of violence and displacement.

Livelihoods

To address poverty and contribute to the stabilisation of the crisis, Concern implements livelihood programmes to increase employment and income-generation opportunities for both refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities. Our programmes take place in both urban and rural contexts, and include craft skills training and providing support to the agriculture sector in Lebanon. Concern’s work in the agricultural sector aligns itself with Government strategy to reduce import dependence and to promote improved access to technology for farmers.

Protection

Concern’s protection programme strives to build a protective environment for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese communities. Men, women and children are engaged in tailored courses that focus on self-care, positive gender relationships, positive communication skills, and changing attitudes and behaviours around key protection concerns, such as gender­based violence.Our goal is to reduce the potential for violence in communities affected by conflict. Given the protracted nature of the crisis and the loss of hope amongst many refugees, this programme provides critical support for refugees to cope as positively as possible with their long-term displacement.

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