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.
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Lebanon: Teens Honor a Late Friend October 15, 2008
Nahr al-Bared Refugee Camp, located in northern Lebanon, is home to over 31,000 Palestinian refugees who are denied access to their homeland and neighboring nations. In 2007, fighting erupted between militants taking refuge in the camp and the Lebanese army.
Lebanon: Making Movies July 8, 2008
A disenchanted male teenager spends his days sleeping and his nights drinking and wandering the roads looking for trouble. The emptiness of daily life provides the focus for the film "Good Morning," produced by Lebanese teenagers Ranine Andraus, Christian Andraus and Shadi Sader.
Lebanon: Tasting Newfound Success July 8, 2008
Lebanon: Youth Taking the Reins of Recovery August 1, 2007
Beirut, Lebanon — Burj al Barajneh is a tough part of town. Entering this southern neighborhood of Beirut is like entering another world — the city's many well-heeled, cosmopolitan dwellers are replaced by women in traditional Islamic cover and families in densely packed apartments.
Lebanon: Helping Lebanon's Displaced June 8, 2007
In the past two weeks, Mercy Corps has offered comfort to families who fled heavy fighting in Nahr el-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon's north.
Lebanon: Lebanon Crisis: From Relief to Recovery June 4, 2007
Lebanon: In the Nick of Time September 19, 2006
Lebanon: Relief to Recovery September 7, 2006
Nabatiye, Lebanon - The young men from Mercy Corps and the Jaber Foundation have the system down pat by now. Pull up, jump out, check names on a clipboard, and hand out the boxes.
Lebanon: After the War, the Mattas Press On September 7, 2006
Kawkaba, Lebanon - Ask Assad Matta what the recent fighting did to the olive oil business and he just groans.
Lebanon: Q&A: In Their Words September 5, 2006