Project information

Emergency help for Syrian refugees

There are more than 3 million refugees who have fled the crisis in Syria. Half are children. Families urgently need shelter, food, water, healthcare, and a way to earn an income.

Medair is responding in Lebanon and Jordan identifying the most vulnerable families to assist.

November 2014 - December 2015

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  • Need


    In Lebanon, there are no formal refugee camps. Families are setting up temporary settlements & random encampments on farmland. In Bekaa Valley, refugees are staying in makeshift shelters & receiving little or no assistance.

    In Jordan, most refugees are directed to a camp where other NGOs are working, but some families are staying in homes in host communities or are trying to survive on their own. We’re working to support host communities and refugee families who are not living in the camp.


    SHELTER - distribute shelter kits and household items to families living in tents, apartment repairs and cash distributions

    WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE - improve access to clean water, construct latrines for families in tents, remove solid waste, distribute cash for hygiene materials, and promote good hygiene practices among communities.

    HEALTH/NUTRITION - community mobilisation and education, malnutrition screening, vaccination promotion, reproductive health care and clinic referrals

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing Syrian refugees with shelter is a top-priority need


    » Providing shelter kits in Lebanon to improve water resistance and insulation of makeshift shelters.
    » Distributing wood-burning stoves, blankets, and mattresses in Lebanon.
    » Cash assistance to support refugee families in Jordan at risk of being evicted.

    Success will be an increase in the number of Syrian refugees who have shelter

    Aim 2

    Key factors indicate a high risk of the nutrition situation deteriorating. We want to prevent this


    » We're training health workers on how to assess and treat malnutrition and promote better feeding practices among caregivers.

    Success will be that the nutrition situation does not deteriorate.

    Aim 3

    Working to alleviate the effects of the snow melt in Bekaa Valley


    » Installing drainage, thus preventing snow from swamping settlements, leading to subsequent water-borne diseases.

    Success will mean that as the snow melts, settlements will not become flooded.

  • Impact


    In the longer term, we hope to assist refugees rebuild their lives and to eventually return to their homes.


    The security situation in the region is the biggest risk to our project. Medair takes security very seriously and regularly reviews our operations.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Emergency response Blankets, mattresses, stoves, cash for rent
  • Background


    Jordan (mainly urban areas) and Lebanon (mainly rural areas)


    Those who have fled Syria into Lebanon and Jordan due to the ongoing conflict, in particular those at most risk such as women and children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Medair has 20 years’ experience providing life-saving humanitarian relief in the most dangerous and difficult-to-access places on earth. >

    We specialise in the areas of healthcare, water and sanitation and housing and infrastructure and therefore are in a position to respond to a wide variety of emergencies situations with compassion, bringing hope and restoring dignity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Johan Ten Hoeve

    Johan is Head of Medair's Syrian Crisis Programme. He is one of our most experienced relief workers and oversees our teams in Lebanon and Jordan

Omar & family fled Syria for Lebanon

Omar & family fled Syria for Lebanon


buys one blanket to keep a Syrian refugee warm

Thank you Medair and thank you for the work you're doing on the Syrian Crisis and in the wide region

Lord Michael Hastings