Conflict and poverty in Syria, Iraq and Palestine have dramatically increased the flow of refugees and migrants to Lebanon.
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.
“The Gospel calls on us to be ‘neighbours’ of the smallest and most abandoned.
– Pope Francis”
Programs and Projects
Basic Assistance and Food Security
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.
24/7 hotline is available for refugees
The two safe houses/shelters provide services for women and children survivors of GBV, human trafficking and high-risk protection concerns, ranging from basic humanitarian assistance, social and legal follow up, psychological, psychiatric to medical consultations, to assist the survivors in overcoming the trauma, empower them for more sustainable solutions and prepare them for their lives outside the safe houses.
In 2016, Caritas Lebanon continued its efforts to support school enrollment, mainly by covering tuition fees and other related expenditures for children of vulnerable households.
In addition, Caritas Lebanon has supported schools’ rehabilitation and refurbishing with the aim of improving the safety and environmental health of the schools and ensuring secure and equipped spaces for the provision of educational and recreational activities.
Access to healthcare in the sixth year of the crisis remains a major concern for refugee communities, as health facilities at primary healthcare and hospital level across Lebanon are heavily strained, as a result of increased demand on services.
Caritas continued to provide secondary healthcare services to vulnerable Syrians by covering partially or totally their hospital bills, in coordination with UNHCR.
Caritas Lebanon continued to provide psychological and psychiatric care to a significant number of traumatized and distressed refugees. Mental Health activities are either individual sessions or group sessions
Caritas Lebanon has supported vulnerable households through rental assistance vouchers.
Sports activities such as Basket Ball/Football and awareness sessions targeting both refugees and host communities were implemented in the 3 areas of Mount Lebanon, South and North, to promote Peaceful coexistence with local communities.
Capacity Building and Staff Care
Capacity building and staff care are increasingly becoming at the core of Caritas Lebanon working principles.