Our work in Lebanon
Tearfund has been working in response to the refugee crisis in Lebanon since early 2013. As a result of the worsening economic crisis, we have now expanded our work to include the changing needs of vulnerable communities in Lebanon.
We partner with local organisations who have a proven track record of successful, impartial and efficient work. Strengthening and building the capacity of these local organisations ensures more sustainable long-term results.
Our work in Lebanon includes:
- Building the resilience of vulnerable communities through: providing psychological support for those who have experienced trauma; creating job opportunities and providing skills training for young people; and engaging communities in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes.
- Providing refugees and their host families with food and hygiene supplies. This support, carried out through our local partners, has been crucial for those who lost everything when they fled their homes in Syria.
On 4 August 2020, a horrific blast hit Beirut port killing 200 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. Working together with our local partners, we launched three projects to reduce people’s vulnerability to extreme poverty and hunger and meet their basic needs. This included providing 690 families with cash or vouchers and 940 families with psychological support.
Lebanon can have both hot summers and very cold winters. This poses a serious challenge and health risk to refugees living in tents and makeshift shelters. In response to this, Tearfund has supported the distribution of kits to help people survive the coldest months of the year.