Respond to the immediate needs of Syrian refugees and their host communities. Work across multiple sectors to build comprehensive humanitarian and development programs that support the needs of both refugees and local citizens.
Lebanon is home to profound political, ethnic and religious complexities that result in a complicated internal conflict between sect, confession, tribe and family. Key indicators such as life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment and per-capita income lag behind more developed countries.
In the last four years, it has become home to the largest number of refugees fleeing the extended conflict in neighboring Syria, further straining a stressed infrastructure. Because there are no official camps for Syrians here, refugee families are scattered in makeshift shelters and abandoned buildings, with little access to services and community support.
- Emergency response: Distributing clothes, blankets and household supplies to Syrian refugee families staying in temporary shelters and host communities.
- Children & Youth: Leading programs that help children process trauma and integrate into their new host communities. Providing creative activities for young adults to develop leadership, decision-making and other life skills.
- Conflict & Governance: Helping local municipalities manage resource needs related to the crisis. Creating a network of trained peace mediators to identify and manage tensions between groups.
- Water: Improving access to clean drinking water in tent settlements and collective shelters. Educating families about proper hygiene and rehabilitating community water infrastructures, including schools.
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Lebanon, Syria: Meet our field staff: Ghassan
As part of the Mercy Corps team responding to the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, Ghassan's gentle poise and easy smile make him the ideal mentor for the children he helps.
Lebanon, Syria: Life across the border: Supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Lebanon is hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees. Yet, the country — the smallest to border Syria — does not have enough services to support them all.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: Two million Syrian refugees
A UN announcement today marks another tragic milestone in the ongoing Syria crisis. On CNN, we discuss the burden on host countries and what the international community must do to help.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: One million Syrian refugee children
The UN announced today that one million Syrian children have now been registered as refugees. And of those, some 740,000 are under the age of 11.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Q+A: How we're protecting Syrian refugee kids
Our child protection expert in Jordan and Lebanon explains what their life is like and what Mercy Corps is doing to keep them safe.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Addressing growing needs as refugee crisis reaches ‘historic proportions’
While we work in the countries neighboring Syria, we're also actively engaged in advocacy efforts to ensure international leaders support the needs of Syrian refugees and their hosts.
Lebanon, Syria: Regaining the hope of childhood
Ghadan, 9, shares one of her drawings in the Comfort for Kids workbook. The signature Mercy Corps program helps children process their trauma through creative expression and activities.
Lebanon, Syria: Warm coats are a simple source of hope
Jacket distributions in Lebanon are bringing smiles back to the faces of refugee children.
Lebanon, Syria: New coats for Syrian refugee kids
Our team distributed more than 1,600 jackets to help Syrian refugee children stay warm through the increasingly cold and wet winter in Lebanon.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.