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: Strengthening Rural Communities
In communities in southern Lebanon that have been fragmented and displaced by years of civil war, Mercy Corps is working with community members, small business owners, and local government to strengthen civil society and improve economic conditions.
Lebanon: New Products, New Life
Iktimal el Shaweesh lives with her family of 17 in a two-story, seven-room house in southern Lebanon. She married her husband Khaled, 15 years her senior and a widower with 5 kids, in order not to remain single. They have five kids of their own: three daughters and two sons.
Lebanon: More Than a Typing Class
Through a collaborative effort between Schools Online (SOL) and Mercy Corps, twelve rural public schools in Lebanon have Internet Learning Centers and over 9360 students will be able to be trained on computer literacy and collaborative learning on the Internet
Lebanon: Forty Feet of Computers
On March 4, Mercy Corps will pack and ship a 40-foot container of computer systems to Lebanon as part of an ongoing program to increase access to technology for Lebanese youth and students.
Lebanon: New School, New Hope
Sharif Madi looked around at the Al Khayriyah elementary school and didn’t like what he saw. The floors were cracked, paint was peeling off the walls, windows allowed the cold and rain to come in, and the playground was not large enough for the school’s 157 students to run and play.