Lebanon is the world’s oldest named country. It is home to a rich diversity of ethnic and religious groups: with 18 religious communities including Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Christians and Druze.
Lebanon has long been a refuge for the region’s minorities. Today it bears by far the biggest burden of the Syrian crisis, proportionally: one in four people in Lebanon is now a Syrian refugee.
Yet until as recently as 2005 Syrian troops occupied parts of Lebanon, meaning many Lebanese are faced with the dilemma of opening their doors to a former enemy. Its economy is now under severe strain from the huge influx of people and the conflict in neighboring Syria constantly threatens to spill over the border.
All of which means life is extra hard for the refugees in Lebanon. No formal camps are allowed, so they have to pay rent for the space they occupy. Without any legal right to work, they struggle to find ways to pay for even their most basic needs.
Our work in LEBANON
- We are working with partners to provide monthly food and hygiene supplies for refugee families living in informal tented settlements in the Bekaa valley.
- Our partners are running a primary school in the Bekaa valley for Syrian refugee children who would otherwise be in danger of missing out on this vital stage of their education and development.
In spite of the vast need caused by so many refugees, Tearfund along with our partners have affected the lives of many thousands.
Pray for our work in Lebanon
- With the war across the border in Syria threatening to destabilise Lebanon, pray for stability.
- As this tiny country groans under the weight of such a massive influx, pray for the government to make wise and compassionate decisions.
- Pray for the many families living in informal camps without work or basic services, that a solution would be found for them.
- Thank God for the forgiveness being extended by many Lebanese towards their former enemies, especially the way the Lebanese church is opening its doors to the refugees