Lead responses to humanitarian emergencies, including the current needs of Syrian refugees. In the long term, catalyze reform by enabling issue-based partnerships.
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 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 organizations resolve conflicts and promote cooperation between refugees and host communities.
- Water: Improving access to clean drinking water in tent settlements and collective shelters. Educating families about proper hygiene and expanding sanitation facilities in rural areas.
All stories about Lebanon
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.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: In the news: Two million Syrian refugees September 3, 2013
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 August 23, 2013
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 August 20, 2013
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’ June 20, 2013
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 April 15, 2013
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.