Syrian Refugee Response - Lebanon
Over one million people have fled fighting in Syria, more than half of them are children. World Vision is working with the most vulnerable refugee families in Lebanon to meet their essential needs and provide children with safe places to play and come to terms with what has happened.
March 2013 - August 2013
The two-year conflict in Syria has forced over one million people to flee, thousands of whom have entered Lebanon. In the last four months, with increasing violence in Syria, the latest estimates are of over 360,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The majority of the refugees are living in temporary accommodation, with host families or collective shelters. The most pressing needs are food, shelter, psychosocial support and household items such as cooking pots and hygiene supplies.
World Vision has a longstanding presence in Lebanon implementing humanitarian and development programming. World Vision is expanding its support to Syrian refugees, to benefit 150,000 people in the next six months. The focus of the refugee response will be on the most vulnerable Syrian refugees living in make-shift accommodation and temporary shelters in the North, East and South part of the country. The priorities for the refugee response are saving lives and protecting families and children.
To address the urgent survival needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Activities» Distribution of food vouchers to refugees and provision of food parcels to new refugees arriving into Lebanon
» Distribution of hygiene kits to refugee families.
» Support the rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure in communities hosting refugees.
» Continue to provide safe spaces where children can recover, through learning and games to help them deal with fears and psychosocial scars
World Vision aims to reach 150,000 of the most vulnerable children and their families. Our priorities will ensure basic needs are met and protect families and children.
World Vision intends to support the local economy in the intermediate and long term through the use of local products in all non-food items distributed, with the intention of shifting from kits distribution to vouchers distribution. This will give the refugees a choice in the type of hygiene or food items they would like to purchase. Lastly, the response will look into sustainable livelihood solutions for the refugee population as well as the hosting communities.
Any major political and social unrest in Lebanon could disrupt World Vision activities. By building strong relationships with both the refugee and host communities and ensuring that all vulnerable groups are included in the response programme the risk can be mitigated.
World Vision will provide updates from the overall Syria Crisis Response on worldvision.org.uk. Six and twelve month reports are available upon request.
Budget - Project Cost: £8,000,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £8,000,000 Syrian Refugee Response Total Project Costs
Our focused geographical areas for the next five months will include areas with high refugee influx in the Northern, Eastern and Southern parts of Lebanon.
World Vision aims to reach 150,000 of the most vulnerable children and their families.
We are a Christian humanitarian organisation dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling root causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision has been working in Lebanon since 1975 and has developed strong capacity and local partnerships in that time. World Vision has been providing support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon since 2011 so already has a team in place who are scaling up operations to address the increasing needs.
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David Bell, Humanitarian Operations Manager, WVUK
David will be assisting our staff in Lebanon to ensure the funds are used effectively to benefit the most vulnerable children.