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: 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.
Lebanon: A better translation April 22, 2010
Lebanese men pass their citizenship on to their children. Lebanese women, by law in Lebanon, cannot — unless they are married to a Lebanese man.
Lebanon: Transparency and accountability...in businesses? In Lebanon? February 22, 2010
I hate microphones. It generally means I am speaking to so many people that it too impersonal or too important.
Lebanon: Foundations for a strong future: Youth in Lebanon and Jordan promote cultural heritage December 2, 2009
Daily life in Lebanon and Jordan means contending with a large number of social and economic pressures and many young people — who make up the vast majority of the population — have lost sight of their cultural heritage.
Lebanon: A Palestinian camp — not what you might expect October 28, 2009
I love to camp. I associate it with mountain meadows, alpine flowers, a warm fire, a cold beer. And the occasional bear. So when I heard I would be going to a Palestinian camp in Lebanon, I had a really hard time wrapping my brain around it.
Lebanon: Promoting peace in northern Lebanon October 19, 2009
As part of Mercy Corps' efforts to reach conflict-affected youth in Lebanon, Mercy Corps and Najdeh Association set up a five-day football tournament in September.
Lebanon: Teens Rebuild for the Future November 18, 2008
In 2007 fighting broke out between an Islamist militant organization and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in Nahr al-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp run by the United Nations in northern Lebanon.