Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the Emergency and Refugee Department has reached an estimated 500,000 refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, and other countries. The primary intervention sectors are Protection, Basic Assistance, Health, Education and Social Cohesion.
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70% of the refugee community in Lebanon live under the poverty line and 52% face extreme poverty; additionally, there are an estimated 1 million Lebanese living in poverty, of which about 470,000 are children. There has been a sharp deterioration in food security amongst refugee populations with 34% assessed as food insecure, compared to 23% in 2015.
In 2016, we continued to assist vulnerable households throughout Lebanon with the provision of basic assistance, mainly in the form of cash transfers through ATM cards, Food and fuel vouchers and in-kind distributions. These interventions aim to support socio-economically vulnerable households, including elderly, persons with disabilities and female-headed households, in meeting their basic needs.
Concerns have been increasing over exploitation, abuse and harassment, especially affecting all socially vulnerable families and individuals and other marginalized groups in Lebanon.
Protection services remain at the core of Caritas Lebanon work with refugees, mainly Syrian and Iraqi, providing free of charge legal services to access justice, psycho-social support, case management, community-based activities, GBV/LGBTI and CP services and assistance to persons with specific needs, elderly, women and children.
In order to ensure the quality of services, a full package of age and gender-sensitive holistic care services is offered to survivors and individuals at risk through center-based activities across Lebanon.