Project information

Help protect Syria’s children

"I recognised him from his boots." Dima is 10. She watched as her father was killed by a rocket as she and her family were fleeing Syria. Thousands of children are experiencing horrors that no child should. War Child is providing vital protection and emotional support to vulnerable child refugees

Our time scale is not yet known although War Child aims to run this project for as long as our work in the region is needed

Charity information: War Child

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  • Need


    There are some things a child should never witness; a friend shot, a father tortured, a sister raped. Their homes are being bombed, their schools used for storing weapons and there are even reports of children being deliberately targeted, used as human shields. Over 50% of refugees are children, sometimes arriving alone. Children like Dima with little protection and support structures around them are exceptionally vulnerable; coping with huge emotional trauma and at risk of abuse and neglect.


    War Child is currently in Lebanon protecting child refugees like Dima. We are providing safe spaces where children can socialise and play with others and receive essential emotional support from trained specialists so that they can come to terms with the trauma they’ve faced. War Child is also supporting thousands of children like Dima to continue with their education, providing a sense of routine and hope for the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To protect child refugees, fleeing Syria, in Beirut, North and South Lebanon


    » Opening more of our centres (Child Friendly Spaces) to accommodate the growing number of child refugees.
    » Supporting children’s emotional development and level of resilience to deal with conflicts at school and at home in a non violent way.
    » Reuniting children with existing family members.
    » Providing access to education and supporting children so that they aren’t alienated from the Lebanese community and their peers.

    Through the provision of additional Child Friendly Spaces, psychosocial support and increased learning for the most vulnerable and marginalised children.

  • Impact


    We aim to protect the most vulnerable children who have fled their homes. Your support will enable us to continue the work in our existing 6 Child Friendly Space and expand our facilities and capacity to meet the growing need.


    Security risks in parts of the region could affect our work and safety of our staff. We work in strong partnership with local organisations and this can help us minimise this risk. We work with local families and communities in Lebanon to reduce the risk of tension between refugees and host communities.


    Supporters can visit our website for updates on our work in Syria and we will report back to donors through email updates if contact information is provided.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £800,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £800,000 Protecting children in Lebanon Providing Child Friendly Spaces, psychosocial support and access to education

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    UNICEF £126,195 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are working in various locations within Lebanon where over 50% of the refugees crossing the border are children.


    Our ongoing project will protect the most vulnerable children within our centres with the support of our trained specialists. These include children who are at risk of kidnap, violence, sexual abuse and rape. The project will also train and raise awareness amongst the community on how to best support children affected by conflict situations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been in Lebanon since the start of the Syrian crisis. We specialise in protecting the most vulnerable children and young people who live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion in some of the worst conflict-affected places. As with all our projects, we work in partnership with local NGO’s and communities so that our work is sustainable and children continue to receive the care they need long after we have left.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    It is only with supporters like you that we are able to continue our vital work.

    Our Team In Lebanon

    Our team in Lebanon are dedicated specialists, protecting Syria’s and Lebanon's most vulnerable and marginalised children.

    Our Local Partners

    We work with local NGOs and communities to ensure that the children receive the best support now and for years to come.


will protect a child from further violence

Dima, 10

“I wish I never saw my Dad’s body. I am trying to forget but I cannot. I see his face every night…I cry but I don’t let my Mum see me.”