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.
Most recently, 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.
All stories about Lebanon
Lebanon, Syria: Severe storm and freezing temperatures stress refugees' urgent winter needs December 18, 2013
We're providing clothing and heating supplies to Syrian families who fled to Lebanon with nothing to prepare them for harsh winter conditions.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Raising awareness to prevent polio among Syrian refugee children November 7, 2013
A polio outbreak in Syria raises concerns about disease in crowded refugee conditions. We're supporting UNCEF's vaccination campaign and addressing sanitation needs.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the News: NPR's All Things Considered visits Syrian refugees with Mercy Corps' child protection expert October 22, 2013
Alexandra Chen spoke with NPR about the importance of treating symptoms of trauma in children displaced by the conflict.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syrian humanitarian crisis demands new perspective on emergency response October 10, 2013
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer outlines key steps we should take to help Syrians caught in the civil war.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Neal Keny-Guyer on Syria humanitarian crisis at the National Press Club October 8, 2013
Watch the video and read the remarks from Mercy Corps' CEO.
Lebanon, Syria: Doulama's story: A video by Syrian youth October 7, 2013
Doulama was 18 when she was forced to flee her home in Syria. Two years later, she talks about the escape and how she dreams of going back home.
Lebanon, Syria: A journal by young Syrian refugees September 12, 2013
In our photojournalism workshops, 300 Syrian youth embarked on a project to document their lives. See their photos, drawings, letters and poems.
Lebanon, Syria: Fadi's story: A camera offers new perspective September 12, 2013
We're using photography to help young Syrian refugees like Fadi find purpose and integrate into their new communities. Read his story and see his photos.
Lebanon, Syria: Meet our field staff: Ghassan September 10, 2013
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 September 5, 2013
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.