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: Syrian refugees in Lebanon facing bitter winter January 9, 2013
A dramatic spike in refugees, who have fled Syria with what little they can carry in plastic bags, has increased the need for warm clothing, blankets and heaters.
Lebanon, Syria: ‘Here, I feel safe’ November 12, 2012
Laughter could be heard across the yard of the Beitokom Community Center in Baalbeck, as Alaa raced to greet us. The 13-year-old and his family recently arrived from Damascus, having fled near-nightly bombardment, terror and immeasurable personal loss.
Lebanon, Syria: Kids moving beyond crisis October 9, 2012
We began our first Moving Forward activities in two areas of Lebanon a few weeks ago. The sessions give kids — both Syrian refugees and those from Lebanese host families — a safe, structured place to learn and play away from the current chaos.
Lebanon, Syria: Building a community of support for refugees September 12, 2012
Two signature Mercy Corps programs will bring support and healing to young Syrian refugees, their parents, and Lebanese hosts families, all affected by the escalating violence in Syria.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria's refugee tide: Children at the heart of our mission August 28, 2012
Children especially are swelling the refugee ranks. It is a scenario I have witnessed over many years in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and other war zones.
Lebanon, Syria: Making progress to comfort more Syrian kids August 28, 2012
Yesterday held some big developments for Mercy Corps' new efforts to support Syrian refugees flooding into Lebanon.
Lebanon, Syria: Syrians take refuge in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley August 6, 2012
In the two days visiting recently arrived Syrians, most of the refugees I encountered were children, who've been uprooted from the only life they've every known. Here's what I saw and heard from them.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Aiding Syrian refugees August 3, 2012
As fighting intensifies and thousands of Syrians flee their country for the relative safety of neighbors like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, Mercy Corps is meeting important humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees.
Lebanon: Steps toward a fuller democracy December 22, 2011
Earlier this year 800 people in a small village in northern Lebanon went to the polls. Like people across Lebanon, many in the village of Qaa had never voted before in their lives, mostly because they’d been disillusioned with tales of corruption, inefficiency and greed in politics.
Egypt, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen: How we're helping transform the Middle East February 27, 2011
The recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt — and their ripple effects across North Africa and the Middle East — have reminded the world how powerful young people can be.