Respond to the immediate needs of Syrian refugees and their host communities. Work across multiple sectors to build comprehensive humanitarian and development programs that support the needs of both refugees and local citizens.
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 official 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 municipalities manage resource needs related to the crisis. Creating a network of trained peace mediators to identify and manage tensions between groups.
- Water: Improving access to clean drinking water in tent settlements and collective shelters. Educating families about proper hygiene and rehabilitating community water infrastructures, including schools.
All stories about Lebanon
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
Lebanon: Recovery Starts With a Bell September 2, 2006
Brital, Lebanon — Walking through the empty halls and classrooms of Brital Public School No. 2, principal Salah Tleis is obviously proud.
Lebanon: Lebanon: The Rebuilding Begins September 2, 2006
Inching his truck down a Beirut boulevard choked with cars, bikes, and pedestrians, a leather-faced old driver named Hassan tries to explain the extraordinary pace of activity in the neighborhood.
Lebanon: Safe Access Critical to Helping Southern Lebanon August 11, 2006
As aerial bombardments and heavy fighting between Israel and Hezbollah continues in southern Lebanon, Mercy Corps continues to probe for opportunities to deliver aid to those trapped by the conflict.
Lebanon: Aid Convoy Reaches Hard-Hit Southern Lebanon August 1, 2006
Two Mercy Corps truckloads of critical food supplies and blankets reached the beleaguered town of Marjayoun on Tuesday, one of the first organized relief convoys to reach this devastated part of southern Lebanon since the current crisis began.
Lebanon: More Ways to Help Lebanese Families July 27, 2006
Lebanon: Q&A: Lebanon Relief Efforts July 20, 2006
Lebanon: Middle East Crisis: The Humanitarian Need July 17, 2006
Mercy Corps began delivering relief supplies on Thursday to families displaced by continuing Israeli military operations in Lebanon.