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Lebanon

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  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Lead responses to humanitarian emergencies, including the current needs of Syrian refugees. In the long term, catalyze reform by enabling issue-based partnerships.

The context

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.

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Our work

  • 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.

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