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Our impact since 2013

Overview

Today, Lebanon bears by far the biggest proportional burden of the Syrian refugee crisis: one in four people currently living in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee.

In the past few years, three pivotal events have pushed Lebanon to crisis point: nationwide protests against state corruption in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdown measures starting in March 2020, and the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020. These compounded crises have left more than 55 per cent of the country’s population – around 6.7 million people – trapped in poverty and struggling to afford food and basic essentials.

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 Beirut and Southern Lebanon.

We partner with local organisations who are already on the ground and 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:

Beirut blast

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.

Extreme weather

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.

Please pray for Lebanon

  • Pray for Tearfund’s local partners in Lebanon, that they will have strength and wisdom as they adapt and respond to new needs.
  • Pray for refugee families. Pray that they will receive the support, compassion and care that they need and that they will have hope for the future.
  • Pray for Lebanese families as they face the impact of the economic crisis. Pray that their needs will be met during this challenging time.

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