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, Syria: In crowded Lebanon, Syrian refugees are forced to shelter in unlikely places November 5, 2014
Lebanon is the smallest country crowded with the largest number of Syrian refugees. We're helping families prepare for winter in the abandoned buildings they've found to call home.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis August 29, 2014
Three years in, Syria's civil war has fueled a massive exodus. See the staggering statistics and learn the facts behind the figures.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Voices of Syria's youth: What it's like to grow up as a refugee June 20, 2014
As part of our new research, we asked youth affected by the Syria crisis to describe their struggles and hopes. See their art and photos — and learn what we must do to help this generation rebuild.
Lebanon, Syria: Leaving home behind: Young Syrian refugees speak out June 18, 2014
Four young Syrian refugees created videos to share their stories of fleeing home in search of safety and the heartbreaking moments that followed.
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: New workbooks help Syria's children tell their story June 12, 2014
See the beautiful images by Syrian-born illustrator Lina Safer in our Comfort for Kids workbooks, which help young refugees heal through creative expression and stay connected to their culture.
Lebanon, Syria: In the news: The cost of war on Syrian refugee children March 19, 2014
On public radio's "On Point," Mercy Corps joins diplomatic officials and other regional experts to discuss the impact of the Syria crisis on the youngest victims.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis March 12, 2014
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Lebanon, Syria: A commitment to Syria's children March 12, 2014
The trauma doesn't end when Syrian children escape the war. We're finding new ways to ensure this generation is not lost to this crisis.
Lebanon, Syria: Meeting urgent needs of new Syrian refugees February 7, 2014
Getting critical supplies to families who have recently crossed the border is a key part of our work in Lebanon. Watch a video of our latest distribution.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term January 14, 2014
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.