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: Youth Taking the Reins of Recovery
Beirut, Lebanon — Burj al Barajneh is a tough part of town. Entering this southern neighborhood of Beirut is like entering another world — the city's many well-heeled, cosmopolitan dwellers are replaced by women in traditional Islamic cover and families in densely packed apartments.
Lebanon: Helping Lebanon's Displaced
In the past two weeks, Mercy Corps has offered comfort to families who fled heavy fighting in Nahr el-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon's north.
Lebanon: Lebanon Crisis: From Relief to Recovery
Lebanon: In the Nick of Time
Lebanon: Relief to Recovery
Nabatiye, Lebanon - The young men from Mercy Corps and the Jaber Foundation have the system down pat by now. Pull up, jump out, check names on a clipboard, and hand out the boxes.
Lebanon: After the War, the Mattas Press On
Kawkaba, Lebanon - Ask Assad Matta what the recent fighting did to the olive oil business and he just groans.
Lebanon: Q&A: In Their Words
Lebanon: Recovery Starts With a Bell
Brital, Lebanon — Walking through the empty halls and classrooms of Brital Public School No. 2, principal Salah Tleis is obviously proud.
Lebanon: Lebanon: The Rebuilding Begins
Inching his truck down a Beirut boulevard choked with cars, bikes, and pedestrians, a leather-faced old driver named Hassan tries to explain the extraordinary pace of activity in the neighborhood.
Lebanon: Safe Access Critical to Helping Southern Lebanon
As aerial bombardments and heavy fighting between Israel and Hezbollah continues in southern Lebanon, Mercy Corps continues to probe for opportunities to deliver aid to those trapped by the conflict.